Big Rocks…Balls…Your Purpose

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I am sure many of you have seen the following video or seen the demonstration in some shape, form, or fashion.  We all understand that concept of priorities and “Big Rocks”.

We all know that in order for us to be successful and have time to accomplish all that we need to, we have to put first things first and let all the smaller things in our lives fill in the gaps.  We cannot start with the foundation of things that are less meaningful and hope that there is room for the important things.  When we mess up priorities, we create stress, strife and chaos.  We lash out at others and shift blame.  We, as people, generally suck at looking in the mirror and admitting that the reason we are in the position we are in is because of decisions we made…not someone else.

As I have ventured through the past couple of years, I am reminded of the big rocks.  As this new year started, I found myself trying to regain focus on the big rocks and had to remove some of the other rocks.  If I were to add anything to the big rocks discussion it would begin with the following.  I will probably break this down into a couple parts…I might even make a video for this little tidbit of wisdom.


I want everyone for a minute to put the rocks in the jar and walk away from them.  I want you instead to think about sports for a minute.  I want you to go around your house and find as many balls as you can.  they can be big or small.  Find a basketball, a baseball, a golf ball, a football…you get the idea.  But you need a lot of them.  You need one ball for every role you fill in life.  If you want to make it easy and still get a general idea, find enough balls to fulfill the roles that you have just within your family or just within your profession.  You have to be specific in what you do.

For me, it might look something like this:

  • husband
  • father
  • to school driver
  • bedtime sensei
  • gymnastic coach/ driver
  • dinner maker
  • co-counselor
  • etc.
  • Trainer
  • Dog Feeder

Think about all that you really do.  The first step with this is to simply assign each task with a ball.  I know you saw that coming.  For every role you hold, you have to have a ball assigned to it.  The ball type does not matter.  This challenge is not about making sure the bigger balls go with the more important roles.  In fact, the variety is key.  In fact, if you are breaking down a role, you already understand that you are working within the confines of a big rock!  (Let that sink in for a minute).

Don’t worry, I am not going to ask you to juggle them.  I just want you to pick them all up and hold them.  That’s it.  You just have to hold them in your arms.  Figure it out.  You already do it on a daily basis.  Let’s just make it a little more tangible.

Now that you are holding all of them…just keep them there until Wednesday when we will wrap up our little experiment.