Taking the time to design a life worth talking about takes some serious personal investment, but the pay off is huge. Last week I shared what I believe is the most powerful step you can take to designing your life and in case you missed it, here it is.
The second step circles back to you and defining your priorities. We tend to live our lives as if we have forever – that we can always make up for lost time or that we get a redo. It’s true that you can get a redo, but lost and wasted time…NEVER!
What if…you began living each day as if it were your last?
Would you think and act differently?
Would your priorities be different?
Recently my pastor did a series on this very subject and it gave me huge cause to pause and reflect. Was I living as every day as the gift it is? Was I keeping my priorities aligned? Were my priorities each day the same as they would be if I was at the end of my life?
Sadly…the answer was no and it made me sad. I was taking life for granted and waking up each day with the notion that I not only deserved a new day, but if I’m being truthful, I didn’t even give it much thought.
Studies have shown that individuals in the final stages of life have complete clarity on what matters most and it’s never having more stuff or that they wished they had worked harder.
What matters most are relationships and love.
I don’t want to be at the end of my life wishing I had lived differently. It was Now or Never, the title of the series at my incredible church here in Nashville.
Here’s the thing…you don’t just wake up one morning and decide your going to live your life differently without doing some serious soul searching.
What are the things that matter most to you? What are your priorities? You cannot design your life if you aren’t clear about the answer to this question.
So what matters? If the world ended today, would you be proud of your relational world? Whose life are you impacting and in what way? Where do you carry hurt and who needs forgiveness?
We are not meant to be solitary creatures. We do better in groups. We do better when we give and receive love. Joy, (which is very different from happiness), stems from leaning into each other.
Before the New Year, I’d like to offer this…
Will you find the time to identify and get clear about what Really Matters to You?
Here’s how I did this if it’s any help. I began journaling and I put zero restrictions on what I would write. What Matters Most was at the top of the page. Here’s what showed up for me…
Keep Growing & Transforming in Spirit & Health and always with intentionality. (There’s my favorite word again.) Do all things with intentionality. This has been a game changer.
Give and Receive Love with an open heart. Keep in touch with friends…create memories…do the next right thing – Always!
Forgive. I’ve learned that I don’t always forgive to welcome the person who hurt me back into my life, but rather to open up the space so I can let more love in.
Seek JOY in all things. Enough said.
Be a Life Rallyer for Others. I want to rally as many people as I can to live their life firing on all cylinders. It comes from within and it flows externally.
The second most important thing you can to do change your life is to figure out What Matters Most.
If you’d like some assistance with this, I’d love to help you. You can email me by completing the contact form and let me know what I can do to help you Rock Your World.