What is important in life will depend on the season of life you’re in at the moment. What is important to you in your early twenties will likely be different than in your thirties and even your forties.
You’ll make different priorities in the different phases of your life depending on your current status and your future ambitions.
What Is Important in Life to Me
Many people over the last few months have asked me why I haven’t released any new articles lately. Thank you so much for asking and for all your kind words regarding them. It really makes it difficult to not to write when I know people are looking forward to reading what gets released.
When I’m asked about why I haven’t written anything lately, the answer has been consistent.
I didn’t have the time.
You don’t have to remind me that I had the time. I have the same 1,440 minutes every day that the most productive and successful people in the world have. I agree with that statement.
So if I agree I did have the time to write, why didn’t I? It’s simple.
I didn’t want to take the time.
Geez, that doesn’t sound like what I would normally say either. I thoroughly enjoy writing for you and helping you through all the obstacles you face in life. But I still didn’t want to take the time.
I haven’t written because, frankly, writing for this site was not important to me for a few months.
The first month of the year is the busiest time for me. It’s audit season at work which means that hours outside of work are limited.
Due to limited available time, I chose to focus on four things:
1. My spiritual life
2. My health
3. My family
4. My career
While the hours I get to work during the first quarter of every year are more than the hours I spend with any other aspect of my life, it’s still fourth on the list.
Those four areas were the most important for me. There wasn’t time for anything else. Even though I love writing and sharing ideas to help in your success, that had to take a back seat while I focused on the other four.
Now that audit season is over, I plan on providing weekly content once again for your consumption.
What Is Important to You
You and I are not the same.
We need to be different. If we were all the same, life would be very boring. And no one wants that.
Since we are different, you will also have different things that are important to you. That’s okay. Again, not every successful person shares the same priorities.
Five Strategies for Identifying What Is Important in Life
Now we are going to discuss some strategies for identifying what is important in life. It’s important to really identify what is important to you so you can know where to focus your time, effort and money.
Goals don’t get reached without first setting the goal. Along with that, you need to create a plan for to reach that goal. Setting goals and identifying priorities go hand-in-hand.
1. Identify the weakest area of your life
To be well-rounded (and to be the happiest, in my opinion anyway), you need to feel good about each of the five aspects of your life: spiritual, family, health, mental, professional. If there is one that is lacking more than the others, maybe that area needs to be emphasized so you will be better balanced.
2. Focus on your strengths
There has been a movement the last five years to focus on strengths rather than weaknesses. I think this is more useful in your professional life than associating this to the five aspects of life.
Identify your strongest skills and work on improving them even more. That may just lead you to bigger and better things.
3. Identify your short-term and long-term goals
Goals are important to achieve progress. If you haven’t yet set some goals, you should now. Here is a great resource I created for walking through this process. I call it a personal development plan but it is about goals:
How to Create a Personal Development Plan
4. Identify what makes you happy
Is there something in your life that you find always makes you happy? If you don’t do that certain thing often enough, maybe you should.
I just experienced this last month while sitting in a Starbucks early one morning. I realized how creative I am and how much I enjoy sitting in a coffee shop before work. That led me to decide to do that at least one morning every week.
5. Identify what makes you unhappy
There is at least one thing in your life that does not make you happy. Figure out what that is (or narrow down the list to the biggest item) and figure out a way to not do that in the future.
Some things are inevitable but there are usually strategies to take to change it or eliminate it entirely.
Determine What Is Important to You and Stick with It
You will always focus on what you view as a priority. You can say one thing and act in a completely different way. It’s how you act that truly shows what your priorities are.
The most important thing to do after identifying your priorities are acting on them. Create a plan and then be consistent with your actions.
Reaffirm your priorities at the beginning and end of every day so you will not fall out of step.
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