My top value in life is my wellbeing, which I define as my health and happiness. I work really hard at this, mostly because I believe it determines the quality of your overall life more than anything else.
Lately I’ve been looking for ways to change my morning routine to better support this value. In the past, I’d wake up, pour myself a cup of coffee, then head straight to emails which I would look to as the main determining factor of what I would focus on that day. After about 15 years of doing this, I’ve decided it’s actually pretty dumb to let other people determine the focus of your day based on what they wrote you in an email. It’s a habit I picked up in my corporate life as my bosses would generally send me my work priorities via email. Now that I’m my own boss, I should be looking inward to set those priorities – not searching for random to dos from others.
So long story short, I’ve started creating morning routines for myself that don’t involve email. I still head for my coffee first, but now I read for the first 30 minutes of my morning. It’s usually something either self-helpy or business related, but it has to improve me in some way. That’s the goal.
Today I tried something REALLY fancy, and went for a 1.5 mile fasted walk while listening to a Brian Tracy audiobook. I liked the idea of taking myself for a walk without the company of 8 fury little legs, stopping me every 20 seconds to sniff or pee. It was really great!
Anyway, and even longer story short, the lesson Brian Tracy left me with this morning was to write down my values and truly consider how they are reflected in my day to day life. Apparently, the more we live in line with our values, the more confidence and peace of mind we’ll enjoy. Sign me up!
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So when I got back from my walk, I wrote down my values in order of priority. As I mentioned, my wellbeing was on top of that list. And after the brisk morning walk outside I had just taken while listening to an uplifting audiobook, I felt pretty freaking good that I had started my day off in line with my values, before I even knew I should.
What are your top 5 life values? Are you living in alignment with them? I know all this self-help stuff is not everyone’s cup of tea, but having a clear direction of what makes you tick, and living accordingly is something I believe is truly important to a life well lived. I hope you find that you are.