I sat at a Starbucks coffee shot discouraged, exhausted, and on the brink of quitting. This was me 20 years ago.

I’d been busy but felt barren.
I was active but only had a few accomplishments.
I was doing a lot of firefighting but little fire prevention.

I needed a breakthrough– a new way of working on my self-leadership. Thankfully, a close friend and mentor offered me a possible solution to my troubles.

My friend explained it was vital for me to separate my so-called “urgent” tasks from my most important priorities.
He said, “Steve, you need to stop giving in to the tyranny of the urgent. That means every time you receive a text, ping, email, or phone call, you don’t need to jump in to give an immediate response.”

He taught me the power of keeping my focus on my priorities. I was like, “Wow. Being a coach for years, you; ‘d think I’d already learned that, but somehow I would get swept into the pressures of immediacy.”

Instead, I started that week committing to focus on priorities. Whenever a choice to do or not to do something comes up, I would now use the 4D Formula to help me prioritize. Here are 4 options to choose from:

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About the Author

Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.