Real Life-Coaching Solutions for Real People: Finding Your Way and Setting Priorities
What Is Truly Important?
People reserve time, energy and resources for what is important in their lives. This article will help you discover what is important and how to make time for your priorities.
We'll look at two different areas, your core values and your priorities in life. Then you can decide how you want to move forward using this information.
Your Core Values
Identifying Your Core Values
It's important to define your own core values, who you truly are, what you believe, and how you want to live your life.
Your core values define who you are. Using the chart above, see if you can select 3-5 words that define you. If you don't like any of those words, choose some of your own. These are words that reflect your values and beliefs.
With those words in mind, think about your typical day. Do those words accurately reflect the ways you think, the words you speak, and the things you do? If so, then your life reflects your core values.
If how you think, the way you speak, and what you do are not in alignment with those stated core values, what are some things you can do to change that? How can your life better reflect your core values?
Make Time for Priorities
Your core values describe who you are. Your priorities reflect what is most important in your life.
What are the most important areas of your life?
Think back to those areas we discussed last time:
- Relationships (Family)
Of these five areas, are there one or two that stand out as most important? Is one area more significant than the others? Is there one area that needs more work or more attention than the others?
Where do you spend your physical, waking time?
What do you think about most of the time?
How do you spend your money?
Time for Change?
For the next exercise, you'll make three lists:
- Order the five areas of your life from most to least important.
- Rank where you spend your time, from most to least.
- Rank how you spend your money, in terms of those five life areas.
How close are your stated priorities to the way you spend your time and money?
This week, make one change that will help reflect your priorities in your daily life.
Putting It All Together
You discover true happiness and purpose in life when your values and your priorities are in alignment. Who you say you are, how you think, speak and act are reflected in how you spend your time and your resources. When these things align, then you live a life full of purpose.
No matter where you show up, whether at work, the dinner table, the yoga mat, the gym, your life ought to reflect your values. And when you spend your time in places you deem important, showing up authentically, then you feel completion and purpose.
This week, let your thoughts, words and deeds be a true reflection of who you are. If you find yourself stepping outside your truth, take a breath and start again. It is never too late to begin again.