Have you ever thought about how to find a purpose in life? Perhaps you are one of those rare individuals who knows what is important to them and is on track to accomplishing the important things in there lives. Congratulations! When you understanding your core values you are looking into your soul.
Your values guide everything you do. They are your guide to understand what is most important to your life. If what you are doing is inconsistent with you values you need to take a look at what you are doing. Something has to change.
I’m not talking about you shiny new car or even your home. I’m talking about the values that form your personality.
Ben Franklin identified 13 things he valued in his life. Things like compassion, humility, temperance and loyalty. He would concentrate on improving one value for a week. Then he would move on to the next value and leave everything else to “their fair chance.”
It helped him develop good habits which served him throughout his life. His values also guided him in every decision he made in his life.
Reflect on your values daily. It is a form of mindfulness practice. Every evening reflect on what you accomplished during the day and why you did it. The “why” is more important than the “what” because the why keeps you on track toward your goals. When you know why you are doing something, you can decide if that activity should be continued.
Know your purpose
When you know what is important to you in each part of your life you will understand what important thing you must be concentrate on today.
You can only do one thing at a time. Your todo list should be segmented into 3 categories.
“A” for tasks that lead to accomplishing those long term goals that are important in your life.
“B” tasks that are imposed on you by others.
“C” the rountine stuff of life that you need to block out time for but don’t need to schedule in your calendar.
The “B” and “C” stuff in our lives tend to overwhelm the “A” stuff yet the “A” stuff is the most important things in our lives. Schedule a half hour appointment with yourself every day to work on the most important thing in your life.
If the B and C stuff won’t let you schedule 30 minutes, schedule 15 minutes. Work on the most important thing in your life consistently every day and you will be surprised how much you get done by the end of the week.
People who live a purposful life live longer, better and happier lives.
- Your values guide your purpose.
- Know the most important thing you have to work on NOW.
- Schedule time to work on you most important thing every day.
- Don’t let you routine and urgent obligations crowd out the most important thing in your life.
Many people only work on the urgent and routine things in their lives. They never find themselves and what is important to them. Take time to reflect on your day. Know what is important to you and why it is important. Schedule time every day to work one that one thing that is the most important thing in your life.
You will be happier, less stressed and live longer when you live your life with purpose. Don’t waste the time you have on earth. Time is your life. Time is the one thing you cannot get more of.