The One Exercise to Help Prioritize Your Who, What, and Where You Want to Have in Life
Oct 5, 2017 | By: Annie Vovan
I started doing an exercise that really has allowed me to reflect on my life, my behaviors, my habits and my time. I do this exercise about 2 to 3 times a year and adjust my life accordingly to my answers. Here it is...
Imagine you are 90 years old and reflecting back on your life. What brought you joy? WHO brought you joy? What brought you pain...who bought you pain? What do you wish you spent more time, or what do you wish you spend less time on?
If you asked yourself today these questions, you may be surprised to hear how much we "give in" to life and how much we forge to get off the proverbial hamster wheel. How are we giving our most prized possession, or time, away?No, we don't have to follow everyone under the sun on social media (myself included). If who we follow doesn't illicit joy, should we waste our time and energy on them? Unfollow. If there is a person that is causing you stress, create safe boundaries around that. Protect your heart and protect your time. Do we have to sit glued to our devices hours on end, or do we reach out or look within on how to create harmony in our surroundings.
And of course, you have ideas that have been in born in your mind that you haven't given birth to you, see what actions you can do TODAY to get you one step closer. That's the part of self-care that I think we all can take a look at. There is nothing worse than a dream that hasn't made its way out of your head. Give yourself permission to dream and to fuel your passion. No one said it would be easy, but they did say it would be worth it (not sure who said that originally, but you get the gist)! I'm not saying to leave your job, but dreams don't always mean something that you have to monetize. Maybe a dream is take voice lessons, or learning how to play tennis.
In light of Las Vegas, I keep going back to the idea that if you want a better world, go home and love your family and love yourself. Be a better person within your home, even better than who you are on the streets to strangers. Be kind to YOURSELF. Nurture OURSELVES while we nurture others. Honor your dreams, because more positive will come from that than not. We absolutely have the power to shift how people show up to the world as we raise our kids as parents. But it starts with us first.