What’s Important To You?

photo courtesy American Advisors Group via Flickr

photo courtesy American Advisors Group via Flickr

Knowing what’s important seems to be a challenge these days–but it’s no wonder.

Look at the Yahoo home page. The trivial is intermeshed with the critical. Rumors and suppositions are purported as fact. Facts are slim and if they exist at all are disguised as drama.

Compare Yahoo’s home page with BBC’s web page and you’ll quickly see what I mean. Not only is Yahoo’s home page trashy and off putting, but it’s actually a bit dangerous. If I didn’t have to go to Yahoo for mail and Yahoo finance, I’d never darken their door again.

Let’s hope we’re better focused in our own lives.

We have to know what is most important to us if we want to have joy, peace, and abundance. If we haven’t identified those things yet, and are still floundering in this world of lost priorities and drama, we have to get busy.

So let’s get to that. Let’s find out what’s important to you.

If you’ve worked through the Ten Steps to Abundance, then you’ve already started down the right path to joy, peace, and abundance  –  and that’s great. But we can always do more.

Start with pen and paper.

Write down the ten things that are most important to you right now, today, this very minute.

Write down the ten things that were most important to you last year at this time, if you can remember.

Write down the ten things that were most important to you when you were a kid or a teenager.

Write down the ten things that will be most important to you in the future.

Are they the things that are important to you the same or different? The answer to this question will help you prioritize what’s really important to you.

Those things that have always been and will always be important to you have to go first on your list. Those things that were important to you in the past, but are no longer important to you, drop from the list, unless there is something there that needs to be looked at further.

Those things that will be important to you in the future need to be evaluated in terms of today and then put on the list in that context.

For example–you want to be able to retire comfortably. (While this is NOT a concrete goal, it’ll work for our example.)

What is important to you today that will get you to retirement in the future? That’s the question you’ll ask.

Should you be following blogs or reading books? Are you saving and investing the right amount of money?

OK, back to the list.

Evaluate what’s important to you. You’ve got it there–right in front of  you. Ask yourself whether these really are the things that are most important to you?

Now write down what you’ve done today to move closer to making each of these items a reality.

Now…write down ten OTHER things you’ve done today that have nothing to do with the items on the list.

What percent of your time was spent on what you’ve identified as the most important things to do you?

So, I’ll ask again.

What really is important to you?

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About Liz Stauffer

Liz Morningstar Stauffer’s improbable journey—from a divorced mother of two at the age of 34 to a millionaire some 15 years later—has inspired her to create the blog “The Improbable Millionaire," offering tips, advice, stories and support for people on a similar journey—even if they don’t know it yet!

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