In my last post, I shared with you how much I am enjoying using my calendar to schedule the events and tasks that are important to my life, my goals and my priorities.
I’ve received a few questions since then about how to set your priorities and how I know if they are the right ones! Wow! Huge questions and tough ones, but I decided to tackle them.
Setting priorities can be a very difficult task–depending on what your priorities are and if they match your values and your goals.
So first you really need to decide what you really want in your life. Do you want a job, career or calling that you are excited to get up for each morning? Or just a means to make some money to obtain the OTHER things you really want in your life?
Do you want the romantic relationship of your dreams? Do you want to travel more or have more interesting experiences? Or do you want just more TIME to do all of these things?
You see, as we get older–the things we want change and that will change our goals and the methods we use to reach them. This happens–not because we are getting older–but because we continue to grow as long as we are still breathing!
As we grow, we have to keep examining what it is we want so we can shift–you got it–our PRIORITIES!
How do you set your priorities? The right priorities for each person will be different depending on what they value.
If you value family, like I do, then your tasks and the events you choose to attend will revolve around family–because that is what makes you happy and so you have internalized this as a priority for you.
How do you know if your priorities are the right ones? Well…this is easier to answer and harder to answer.
I am not going to say: “if it feels good make this a priority in your life” because sometimes we pursue or do things that feel good in the moment–but that are really bad for us.
What I will say is if something is important to you, like traveling and seeing new places, and you have to work all year to save and earn your two weeks off in order to be able to enjoy it–but you do it because you really get joy from the traveling then this is a priority for you!
So the right priorities are the ones that feel right to you and that match up with the things you values.
As I continue growing and enjoying this journey, I have done a lot of self inspection. I have found that my life’s passions include my personal growth, my family, traveling and writing or being creative in some form of expression. I also realized that I am a fixer–or as I prefer to think of it–a helper.
I was happy to realize that most of my life I have been reaching and obtaining these experiences, even through the years that had brought hardship, confusion and disasters into my life.
Getting older and continuing to grow just means for me that I will be putting more focus on my passions–my priorities–because it is what makes me happy and what is leading me to my purpose.
So knowing your priorities is very important! Examining what your heart is telling you makes you happy is very important! And then prioritizing your life so that you are going towards those goals is what makes this life so worth living!
Never stop growing! And do not be afraid to treat yourself well by honoring the things that are important to you! We only live one life, folks, have fun!
Comment below and share some of the things that you have made priorities in your life!
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