Hide & Seek and Priorities

Just the other day, out of the blue my three-year-old daughter, Eva, asked me to play “hide and seek.” It made me smile ear to ear! I didn’t realize she knew the game, and fond memories flooded my thoughts of playing hide and seek, war, and fishing along the banks of the small creek close to my childhood home in Turley, Oklahoma.

“You bet, I would love to play,” I said with as much excitement as I did back in 1980. Eva told me to hide my eyes and count to 10. I closed my eyes and began to count out loud “Ready or not here I come,” I heard her giggle from behind the curtain. After taking about two steps in her direction, she jumped out and said, “Here I am, daddy!” We both laughed out loud as I scooped her up tickling her.

Often, like Eva, while playing our game, the answer is right in front of us. Once she revealed her location, there was no need to keep looking. So many times in life we keep searching – looking for better solutions, better jobs, better relationships, always something better.

Don’t get me wrong. I think we should all aim to better ourselves and sometimes that means taking a look behind the curtain. However, the best option could be standing in front of us, inviting us to enjoy what we already have.

My friend, mentor and leadership guru, John Maxwell says “The best two days in a person’s life is the day they are born, and the day they figure out why.” I found my “why” for this season of my life last spring. I spent time reflecting and realized that my passion for leading Tri County Tech could help others grow their leadership and relationship skills. Until then, I hadn’t realized this skill could impact others outside of TCT. I decided I would make it a priority to spend as much time as possible helping develop others. As a result, “Fields’ Philosophy” was born. I have spent the last nine months speaking at events and hosting Facebook Live sessions sharing easy-to-implement habits necessary professional and personal growth.

The most frequent question I get is, “Where can I find the time?” followed up with “I am so busy!” Time is one thing we all have in common. Every single one of us has 24 hours in a day. Then why do some people seem to get so much done in a day, while others are busy yet never get anywhere?

It is all about priorities. Many times our priorities are overshadowed by the busyness of life. Once we figure out what our priorities are, we can begin to spend a little time with them each day. By spending time focusing on our priorities, we gain clarity – we figure out our “why.”

I am thrilled that bMonthly will serve as an additional resource for helping people figure out their “why.” Over the next several months, I will share with you lessons from my experiences as the CEO at Tri County Tech, one of the top places to work in the country. Until then, I’d like to challenge you to spend a little time focusing on your priorities. I believe “it’s not what you do in a day, but what you do daily that matters.”

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