After a decade of working as a business leader and marketing professional I secretly battled feelings of being trapped, powerless, and insignificant. I experienced the adventure of overseas travel, yet the boredom of day to day mundane tasks. I enjoyed the perks of a comfortable salary, yet something in my soul told me I was created for more, much more. Maybe you’re also stuck in a rut of daily activities, all of which may be good and necessary, but are not the fullness of who you really are.
I’m grateful you’re here.
If you’re like me you’re committed to making the lives of others better at home, work, church, and in the world. Yet, you’re quietly suffering. Outwardly, you’re smiling but inwardly, you’re exhausted and wondering if there is more to life. As Richard Rohr in his book Falling Upward writes, “We know there is a further journey, an invitation from our soul, or even a deep obedience to God.”
This is post is for people like you and me who are ready to pivot to a more purposeful, fulfilling and empowered life. Greg McKeown in his book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less asked a question that captures the essence of this invitation, "What if we stopped celebrating being busy as a measurement of importance? What if instead we celebrated how much time we had spent listening, pondering, meditating, and enjoying time with the most important people in our lives?"
So what will it take to get there? Here are there actions that you can begin today.
1. Name your true values.
Values reflect who you really are. They are not who you’d like to become or you wish you were. Your values are the behaviors and activities you naturally express in good times or bad. For example, my top values are learning, family, maximizing, and spirituality. They are core of who I am. Download your FREE True Values Worksheet to get you thinking.
2. Define each value.
Ask yourself, “Why is this value important to me?” Write down 3 specific reasons for each value. Next, ask “Who am I when I am this value?” Write down 3 specific reasons for each value.
3. Honor your values.
Set one goal for the next 3 months that honors each of your top values. The objective here is to only have value-based goals. If you have a goal that doesn’t fit with one of your top values, either adapt the goal to fit the value or let it go and come up with another goal.
For example my learning goal over the next 3 months is to read two books a month. My family goal is to enjoy evenings with no work after 6 pm. My maximizing goal is to launch a NEW online coaching course (more on that soon). My spirituality goal is to honor moments of sabbath throughout my day.
All My BEST,
P.S.- Don’t forget to download your FREE True Values Worksheet here.