In this challenge, we will define personal priorities but there are a few other priorities that I will cover in the next few blogs– they include: spiritual, familial, social, occupational, and financial. Think of this as a 2-week mini-course in prioritizing. I will start each blog with a definition of what each of these priorities means and then the work is on you to spend 5-10 minutes reflecting on what it is that you want- write it down, share it with others- share it with me!! Only when you know what you want in life can you make the choices needed to achieve it! I am excited for you and as always I would love to hear from you!!
According to the online dictionary Merriam-Webster.com, the word personal means “of, relating to, or affecting a particular person.” And in this case, of course, that particular person is you!
Your personal priorities do not include the priorities of other individuals, such as a parent, spouse, child, or friend – only our priorities. While it may sound like I’m stating the obvious, it’s important not to blur the lines because it’s easy to let the needs and wants of other people slip into our personal priorities
Here are just a few examples of personal priorities:
• You want to lose 10 pounds. (Supports your physical well-being.)
• You want to learn a new language. (Supports your mental well-being and personal growth.)
• You want to live a more environmentally friendly and aware life. (Supports your special causes.)
• You want to finally settle down, get married, and have a family. (Supports your deepest desires.)
• You want to get a puppy. (Supports your quality of life and happiness.)
Ultimately, whenever you make choices about how to live your life, your personal priorities should be right there with you.
Remember, in every moment of your life, you live in choice! So you want to ensure you make decisions that will allow you to live your best life. But don’t worry – your personal priorities and core values will act not only as a filter to keep out the bad (clutter), but also as a compass to lead you in the best direction: toward serenity, as defined by you.
To help you identify your personal priorities, please complete the assignment below with an open heart and mind.
(This exercise can be a lot harder than it looks, especially when you begin to narrow down your priorities. At this point, don’t worry about how these personal priorities fit into your big picture)
Answer the following questions.
1) Set a timer for five minutes and allow your thoughts to flow freely. During the allotted time, list any personal priorities that spring to mind.
2) Review the list of personal priorities you brainstormed for the questions above. Pick your top five and write them below.
3) Review this list of five personal priorities you brainstormed for the question above. Pick the one that is most important to you and write it below.
Then write it somewhere you can see it daily– manifest it into being! Energy goes where attention flows- so throw up your hands and bring it to the heart center … give it the attention it needs to become the framework around which all other choices will be made!
Here’s to you ~