- Think of a typical week and make a list of how you spend your time. Divide this however you wish, but think about time on sustaining the basics (eating, sleeping, exercising), time spent in service of relationships (with a spiritual power, your spouse, kids, friends, family), time spend in service of a career, serving others, etc. Make a pretty exhaustive list:
- Now rate your values. The list on the worksheet is a good start, but feel free to add more. Rate yourself 1 to 10 with 10 being the highest importance to you.
- The next step is to go through the list and pick your top 10 most important values. Highlight these.
- From those top 10, circle the 5 most important values in your life. It's sometimes hard to get down this far, but most of us can only really focus on 5 core things at any given time, so try.
- Now, here’s the hard part. Compare your list of how you spend your time with what your top 5 values are in life and answer the following:· Are you spending your time in service of your most important values?
· If not, is there anything you can minimize or eliminate to make space for the really important things in your life?
· If you are, what support and commitment do you need to sustain this connection to your core values?
· Who do you need to elicit support from to get on a track towards alignment with your values (friend or family member you can share this commitment with who can “call you out” if they see you starting to stray)
This might be very eye opening and powerful for you. I hope it is. Consider this my New Years present for you. It is my hope that you can spend 2012 on the things that really matter to you.