Updated: Aug 5, 2020
Do you have a to-do list a mile long? Kids asking for you to find a missing sneaker, to play a game and field trip forms that need to be filled out? Do looming deadlines at work keep you up at night?
Are you ready to find a better way?
Who says that we have to say yes to one more obligation?
Understanding your life purpose and the values you hold dear to your heart will be the foundation for defining the top three priorities in your life.
Once your purpose is clear, you can better define your values. Values help guide in choosing priorities. Priorities help narrow down goals. Goals help determine the tasks that need to be done. Our tasks help us determine how our time is spent.
This exercise will help you be able to see if a new obligation will bring you closer to your purpose or aligns with your values. The freedom to say “yes, that sounds like fun,” or “no” with certainty is liberating!
Life is a balancing act.
We need to work hard but also play hard. We need to push ourselves and rest. We need to be selfish and selfless.
How do you keep the house clean, pursue your dreams, bring home a paycheck, and create loving relationships?
Get crystal clear on your WHY.
Define Your Purpose. Looking at the bigger picture, “why are you here” can help guide you on who you are.
My Purpose is to live a life full of joy and curiosity. To share my knowledge and experiences to help others succeed in life.
Define your Values. Who are you (who are you striving to be)? How do you measure yourself and your decisions?
Values are wholeheartedness and knowledge.
How to define your priorities.
Find a quiet place and grab something to write with.
How do you want to be remembered?
Whose lives have you touched?
What have you accomplished?
Who is essential in your life?
What is vital in your life?
Next, we need to narrow it down to three life priorities. Here is an example of what mine are:
To be a loving mother. To provide a calm and understanding place for my children to learn and grow into healthy and happy adults.
To grow a widely successful business that helps others achieve their dreams.
To live a life full of love and joy.
I find it helpful to write my Purpose, Values, and Priorities down every week. I have found that they may change depending on my season of life, and that’s ok. Live a life that you love, lean into what makes you feel good while supporting the ones that you love.