What do your priorities look like? Do you have things set up correctly? I am a Christian and that does dictate my priorities to a large degree. My priorities are listed this way:
- God: If I expect Him to direct my steps then I have to listen to what He says to me.
- Myself! Yes, I put myself as a priority. How can I handle anything else if I’m not taking care of myself?
- Priority setting. Is what I’m actively doing taking care of me?
- Health: Am I eating what I need to eat to be in the best physical shape I can be in?
- Exercise: What am I doing on a daily basis to get off the chair/bed/couch?
- Mental health: What am I doing to keep my mind healthy?
- That includes having some fun! So what am I doing just for fun?
- Growing: I am a learner, I love to learn new things! And this is a priority for me. I am also learning to teach others more effectively!
- Meditation/relaxation time. This is a little different than prayer. While I do pray, I also take time to just rest and quiet my mind and literally do nothing for a few minutes every day.
- Positive affirmations: An incredibly important part of my day. I do it typically first thing every morning.
- My kids come next. They are still growing up and I make sure they get what they need.
- My husband. I’ve been told that I need to have him over my kids, but circumstances that I won’t tell here dictate that my kids come before him.
- My career. I am a writer and an entrepreneur. If I expect my work to be done, I have to make sure that I do the work. I don’t have a boss, except my calendar. If I expect my goals to be met, I have to do the work. In my work time I have certain things that I have to make sure I get done.
- Goal setting! I can’t reach goals that haven’t been set.
- Writing. I am writing a novel. It won’t write itself, so I have to do the work.
- Education: I am expanding what I’m doing. I’m in school at Kaplan University. Study time is important and as such, it is a priority.
By January 31, 2019 I will have my Bachelor’s in Science in Nutrition Science from Kaplan University. This will set me up to be a professional health and wellness coach. I will be providing services to anyone whether they can afford a coach or not. My business already has a name also! But that will be private for a little while. What I just wrote out is my vision. Proverbs 29:18 says “Without vision, people perish.”
Do you have a vision for your life? Do you know what you want? Your imagination is your vision. There is no right or wrong on this. It is simply: what do you want? If you could do ANYTHING in your life, what would it be? Don’t be afraid to dream to big. I was told a few years ago, by Reggie Cochran that the only difference between dreaming big and dreaming small is the amount of action steps it will take to make it a reality.
You may have a dream to get out of debt. And that is good. But what is better is to get out of debt and have a $1,000,000 in the bank. What would this do for you personally? What would this do for your family? What would this do for your neighborhood/community? Don’t be afraid to dream bigger than you’ve been told you should!
So, call to action: what do you want to do? Contact me and let’s talk and make your dream a reality!
Mohini was a magnificent white tiger that lived in the US’s National Zoo in Washington DC in the 1960s. Mohini was a special gift presented to the US president Eisenhower, and the US people. The Zoo started a major project to build a large enclosure for Mohini, their star attraction. The enclosure would simulate Mohini’s natural habitat as closely as possible. It would have many acres of lush forest with rolling hills and a large pond. It would be Mohini playground for her to stretch and express her natural self as one of nature’s most splendid and powerful creatures. Meanwhile, while the large enclosure was being built, Mohini was kept in a 12 x 12 feet cage with iron bars and cement floor. Mohini would pace around ceaselessly in this cage while her eventual home was being built. Finally, the enclosure was completed and the big day of releasing Mohini into it had arrived. A large excited crowd had gathered to witness this much awaited event. To everyone’s surprise, instead of frolicking in joy in her new sprawling enclosure, Mohini headed straight for a perimeter wall at the enclosure’s edge. At the wall, Mohini started to pace around in an imaginary cage, just like the way she had while waiting for the enclosure to be build. Mohini stayed in this tiny corner at the wall for the remainder of her life, oblivious to the freedom and choices she had.
How many of us live our lives in a cage like Mohini lived in? We deserve more! A lot more!!! So what can you do? Yesterday in church my pastor talked about this. There are 4 things that can help he taught.
- Redeem the routines. What are you doing that allow time to be redeemed? Are you getting ready for the day? Listen to a audiobook. Are you driving for 20-30 minutes? Same thing. Get creative. And have fun with this.
- Reduce the hurry in life. Slow down and make some time in your schedule to just rest. Carl Jung said “Hurry is not of the devil, hurry is the devil.” And he is right on target!
- Regularly meditate the Word. Yes, I said the Word. Go beyond meditating on the word to really thinking on The Word itself. You will be amazed at the results you get!
- Finally, review and renew life paths. Is what you’re doing working? If it isn’t maybe it’s time to change some things. Failure is only failure if you quit. You can change how you do things as often as you need to.
Start with an idea. Get creative!
- What would I do if there was no limitations?
- If cost wasn’t a factor?
- If I could do anything?
- What if I did this?
- Is the timing right for me, right now?
- What will this idea accomplish?
- Is this something I can put my heart into right now?
What is the purpose behind this?
- Why should I do this?
- Is this just for me, or is this something that will help others too?
- There is absolutely nothing wrong with setting a goal that is just for yourself. In 2011 I decided to learn to get healthy after hitting rock bottom. That first goal has allowed me to grow to where I can and do help others. But it started off as a goal that was just for myself. Taking care of yourself isn’t selfish. You can’t take care of others unless you do.
What are the reason(s) that will push me forward when I want to quit or say “I can’t do this anymore?” (This is your determination)
What will be the action steps I will need to follow to make this successful?
- What are your goals?
- The action steps will get your goal set.
- How much time do you need to accomplish this?
- If it is more than a year, you will need to set up mini-goals.
- Do you need some partners to help you accomplish this?
- Do you need to hire someone to help you?
- Do you need a coach?
- If you need a coach who knows how to set goals and can help, comment below and I can help.
Follow this, and SUCCESS is inevitable!