There’s something magical about the start of a new year, no? I hope over the past few days, you’ve been able to take a few minutes to reflect on the events of 2017 and consider a few changes you’d like to make in 2018. I hate the term “resolution” so I’ll intentionally avoid using it again in this post but I love the idea that we can change, adapt, and try new approaches. So, thinking about change, I challenge you to the following exercise:
Get out a crisp, clean piece of paper. A blank piece of paper. Isn’t it nice?
Now, write what motivates you most at the top of the paper.
Next, consider everything you did and did not do in 2017. Based on this assessment, honestly answer this question and write your answer down on your paper:
What was the most important thing in your life last year, based on how you spent your time?
- Consider how your spent your time in 2017. Whatever you spent the most time doing; this was the most important thing in your life (at least for the purpose of this exercise).
Now, write down the most important thing in your life today.
- If you spend your time in 2018 as you did in 2017, will you be spending your time on what’s most important to you?
- If you answered “no,” how do you need to reallocate your time so that your energy is spent on what matters most to you?
Spend a few minutes thinking of tangible ways you can focus your time and energy on whatever you identified as most important in your life. Write these ideas on your paper.
- Consider what motivates you, where you spend your time and what’s most important to you. Do these 3 things align with one another?
- If these three things don’t jive with one another, are you being honest with yourself about what motivations and matters to you?
- If the answer is yes, ask yourself why you might not be living in line with your own values and priorities.
- What would it mean for you to shift your time and energy to focusing more on what motivates and matters to you?
- What’s one change you can make today that would help you align your time with what motivates and matters to you?
Living intentionally is one of the priviledges of prosperity. When we aren’t reacting and just trying to survive one day to the next, we can consider how we use our time and resources and make intentional choices to live out our value system on a daily basis. It’s a privilege that one should not take lightly.