Do you live according to your number one priority?
This year has been a year of learning, pushing boundaries, leaving my comfort zone and acting according to my priorities. My number one priority is to live with content! You may argue that doesn’t match with what’s my year has been so far. You may be right.
For me, finding my number one priority may not be as easy as you may think. Should it be a healthy lifestyle, running a successful business or having as much fun as possible? Which one should it be? I was once told I’m like a kid in a candy store who couldn’t chose. At the time, I didn’t appreciate the comment, however, know there’s an element of truth in it.
Thus, living with content combines numerous of my aspirations. Like many of you, I do want to enjoy my food and still eat healthy. I do want to be active although I love my couch. I’m working on establishing a successful business without working 18 hours a day. I’m eager to learn, yet, don’t need to pursue another university degree. A contented life lets me be in the candy store and fill my bag with all kinds of goodies and be happy.
Now, it took me number of years and countless trips inside me to find my number one priority. It may also change again in the future. What can you do to find your priority in your life?
What do you want to get out of your life?
This may be one of the hardest questions to answer. Fast forward to the end of your life (you may want to have some tissues ready) and think back of your life. What is really important to you?
What things would you like to have done (e.g. climbed the Great Wall, raised a family or landed a major breakthrough in your professional field)?
What memories would you like to have created (e.g. seeing the smile on your partner’s face when getting married, receiving your MBA degree or feeling exhausted, yet, fantastic after completing your first marathon)?
What do you want to have spent time on (e.g. fun weekends with your friends, fostering homeless cats or tutoring children in your neighbourhood)?
Use these questions to start thinking about the various areas of your life. Can you group the different themes into a common one? Do you see a trend emerging? This leads you to your priorities in life. Can you rank one over another to find the more important priority for you? Or can you link and combine them to create your own unique number one priority?
What goals do you want to set for yourself?
These goals, both short-term and long-term, will help you achieve and live according to your number one priority. You may remember from previous posts that goals need to be written down and need to be SMART if you actually want to achieve them.
- Specific: What exactly is my goal?
- Measurable: How do I know if I’ve achieved it?
- Attainable: Do I have the skills, knowledge, means to achieve this goal?
- Realistic: How realistic is the goal within the timeframe I’ve set?
- Timebound: By when do I want to complete or achieve any sub-goals?
You may want to choose smaller goals leading to the achievement of your bigger goal. Milestones will keep you on track and motivated.
What actions will you take?
Now with all these big questions, it’s time to look at what you can do today to work towards or to maintain your number one priority. What single thing or action can you take today?
Look at your goal(s) if you need an inspiration. Create actions which you can do on a daily basis so they’ll become a habit for you. Review after each week how you are progressing with your actions and reflect how much closer you are to achieving or living according to your number one priority. If you notice you aren’t moving towards your number one priority, reflect what needs to be changed. Is it the goal or just an action? Can you tweak them or will you change them completely?
What is your number one priority? Are you still looking to identify it? You know it already? Go on and share it with us! What helped you identify what’s important to you? Leave a comment below. I can’t wait to hear about your number one priority!
Until next time,