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I recently read a book that talked a lot about the importance of being prime.  When I think of the word prime, the first thing that comes to my mind is Amazon Prime and how as a member you get free shipping and even access to Prime cable television. I also think about the athlete and coach Deion Sanders because his nickname is Prime Time.  What both have in common is they are consider among the best in their field.   

If we want to be among the best or at least be our best, being prime is one of the important factors.  To be prime means, of first importance or the main thing.  When I was a little girl, my father used to always say, it is important to keep the main thing the main thing.  To be prime means to be excellent or of the best quality, such as the best cut of meat.  Anyway, we look at it, to be prime is worth stretching for and putting in the time. 

When we think of the word prime other examples include when someone is in the prime of their life.  This usually refers to when we are our sharpest mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally.  In today’s world age can have little to do with it because it is also about our mindset.   

We used to think that someone was in their prime when they were between 20 – 40 years of age, but not so much anymore.  It also depends on what you are trying to accomplish. When we say someone is a prime example, we are referring to someone who exemplifies the best qualities for a particular situation and their ideas and behaviors are excellent. Overall, being prime means we are in optimal condition suited for a particular achievement we are searching to accomplish. 

The book I read emphasized the importance of us working on our habits and how our habits can make all the difference in the world on our outcome.  When we establish the habit of staying in shape we do not have to get in shape. This in reference to more than just our physical. When we create good habits, they will help us develop into our best selves instead of waiting to the last minute to get something accomplish or achieving a particular task.  

This made me stop and ask myself do I think I am prime? The answer is no because I know although I have the potential of being better, I have not been putting in the time to be my best self.  I always show up and do what I must do, but I can focus a little more on doing the things that need to be done today for the results I would like to have tomorrow.   


P = Personal Commitment  

R = Reset if you must 

I = Invest what is required 

M = Motivate yourself to become your best 

E = Everything will come together as planned 


To be prime you must make a personal commitment to do and be your best.  It may require you resetting a few buttons to get back on track, but stepping back is not stopping.  Becoming prime will require a personal investment of your time, finances, resources, and energy. Stay motivated and everything you desire can be accomplished. The key is to get to a place where you do things automatically to the point where you do not even think about it anymore, you just do it.   

Something as simple as making your bed every morning can get you into the habit of keeping your surroundings tidy.  Putting workout gear and sneakers by your bed can motivate you to start the day going for a walk or run.  Having your devotional materials laid out the night before helps to increase the probability that you will stop and say a word of prayer before you go to work.  Yes, you can become prime if you desire.  It is up to you. Let us do it together. 

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Visit www.WendyGladney.com and www.forgivingforliving.org to learn more. Wendy is a life strategist, coach, consultant, author, and speaker.