What do I value? How much do I value it? When I clarify these questions, I establish the value of my goal. I then consciously bring this value to all my thoughts and actions, measuring my behavior against the criteria set by my values. The means for accomplishment reveal themselves as I clarify my intentions.
Corresponding questions are: What do I say I value, and how do I actually behave? Where do I place my time and attention–in things/actions that support what I say I value, or not? How do I tell how much I value something, other than through how much of my time-energy-attention I give to it.
Actions, not words. If you want to know what you value, keep a diary of how you spend your time. If you say you value starting your own business, but spend 8 hours a day watching TV, what is your priority? That, obviously, is an extreme example, but you get my point.
What do I value?
- I value my relationship with God.
- I value my relationship with myself, and my Self.
- I value my relationships with family and friends.
- I value taking care of myself, my home, and my family emotionally, financially, physically (health), and spiritually.
You can see that relationships matter to me. And you know what? Just about all my time-energy-attention is spent on these four things. A close fifth thing is:
5. Building/creating a next career/business (this may also fall under numbers 1, 2, and 4 above).
That priority has a lot to do with why a Journey of Creation. But I guess I had not thought about it in these terms until now.
Interestingly, the order I have listed is about correct in regards to where and how I spend my time and energy. That means that I spend the least amount of time and energy on building/creating a next business/career.
I’ve just had a bit of an insight.
I am very metaphysical; I am; I claim it; I like thinking, and approaching problems and tasks from a mental/ideas perspective. But I am also very practical…or at least this is what I tell myself.
And yet, I can see that I spend the least amount of time on the practical steps of building/creating a next career/business. Even though today I spent about 4 solid hours on it, it was the first substantial time I have spent at it in about two weeks.
All of my other values (1-4 above), I spend time daily in activities related to accomplishing them.
For number 5, what I say and what I do are different.
I am now aware. I can now take steps to become more consistent in what I say and what I do, regarding my business and career. Thank you.