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Balancing Priorities—Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s Example

“Nobody's life is ever all balanced. It's a conscious decision to choose your priorities every day.” Elisabeth Hasselbeck

How can we keep our priorities balanced? Elisabeth Hasselbeck, retired US “Fox and Friends” co-host and mother of Grace, Taylor, and Isaiah, shares how.

Elisabeth spent 14 years working in the television industry, keeping her focus on her faith and family. When she joined the co-host team of “Fox and Friends” in September 2013 the show’s ratings quickly surpassed the competition. With Elisabeth on-board, the show held the #1 position for the competitive 6 - 9 am time slot for years running.

Prior to working for Fox, Elisabeth spent nearly a decade on an ABC talk show, was a keynote speaker at the 2004 and 2008 Republican National Conventions, interviewed presidents including Bush, Clinton, and Obama, and authored two New York Times bestsellers, “The G-Free Diet” and cookbook “ Deliciously G-Free”.

Balancing Priorities

In her 2013 interview with Huffington Post, Elisabeth encouraged women to carve out time to be with their families, start good habits right away, and avoid making unrealistic to-do lists.

Elisabeth says, “Here’s a dangerous thing about a to-do list: it can be a big failure list at the end of the day if you don’t cross it off. Now I need a list, but there are days that my expectations are not realistic.”

“At the end of the day,” Elisabeth continues, “if you have said ‘I ran around with my family, with my kids, we got some things done, but what matters was checked off,’ then it’s a good day. You’re not going to get it all done.”

Tough Choices

In November 2015 Elisabeth made a tough career choice—she gave up her role as a television newscaster to stay home and spend time with her children. In her teary-eyed goodbye on “Fox and Friends” Elisabeth shared, “I am taking a new position as CBO – chief breakfast officer – at our house with the kids… I’m in a season where the kids need the best of me, not the rest of me.”

Elisabeth noted multiple times that the decision was not an easy one, but that she knew her priorities were in alignment and she had the “peace of God.” She followed her priorities of faith and family and wasn’t afraid to make a major life change and give up an incredibly successful career to keep those priorities in balance.

Our Turn

The right work life balance is different for each of us, and doesn’t necessarily mean leaving work to stay home with family. But Elisabeth’s decision is a powerful reminder that we should be willing to adjust and change direction to keep the most important things in life first.

It’s normal for our priorities to change over time. What may have been the best path and perfect direction for us at one stage in our life could be completely wrong for us now. Our paths and priorities will change again and again as we grow and mature, and walk through different life stages.

What are we willing to give up to keep our priorities in balance? What are we willing to gain? Like Elisabeth, let’s be bold to move forward in the direction we need to go, and keep our priorities on track.

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