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  • Writer's pictureErin Gravelle

Creating a Life You Love (and Deserve)

You are important. You matter. Your life has great importance. You have special gifts that nobody else has. There is only one you. Such simple sentences, but they are filled with great meaning. Your emotional reaction to these sentences may tell you a lot about how you currently feel about yourself and your life right now. Do you believe all of the above to be true? If not, that's will soon. Are you feeling fulfilled in your day-to-day life? Are you living a life that is aligned with your values? If not, that's okay! Keep reading and you'll be well on your way to seeing your life in a whole new light!

Your values make up who you are. Identifying your values is a direct way to get to know yourself better and tap into your special gifts. Gifts you need to identify to have a fulfilling life and enhance the lives of others. In fact, how you spend your time demonstrates what you truly value. Anything you are not currently doing on a regular basis is NOT a priority to you. Your daily behaviors reflect your priorities in life. And these priorities reflect both to you and the world what you value and aspire towards in life.

If you find yourself out of balance and not spending your time on things that truly matter to you, what better time than now to ask why? Below are some questions to help you identify your priorities. When you identify and start to embrace your priorities, your life will start to flow in the direction where you can't wait to get up every morning and start the day. You'll be living your best life in no time!

The first step...Thinking on a grand scale-what are your top 3-5 priorities? List them all. For example, top priorities may be helping others, writing a book or traveling.

Then...What are the 3-5 things that matter more than anything to you? List them all. For example, family, financial stability, or quality friendships.

Next....What are 2-3 things you believe in? For example: religion, the goodness of people, or that one person can make a difference in the world.

Then...What are 2-3 things you stand for? For example: the rights of all people, your political stance, or equal access to education.

Finally...What do you want for your life? For example: to be close to family, make a difference in the lives of others, or to spend a lot of time exploring other cultures.

You may want to use this as a journaling exercise where each day you answer one or two of the questions above, continuing to think about and add to the list as you go about your day. Or you may want to consider all of the questions, responding to them in one sitting. Either way, taking just a few minutes to write down your answers to the questions will give you great clarity about your priorities in life. Identifying and understanding your priorities will help you plan your time so you are finally living in alignment, spending time on what matters most. Once you have fully answered these questions you will have the clarity and motivation you need to move forward with building the future you desire.

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