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What do you value?

Have you ever taken time to list out very specifically what you value?  What really matters to you?  Why you are working the long hours?  Take a moment literally right now to list out your top 5 values.  (I’ll leave you some space to do that.)

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Now, think about your day.  Does your calendar look like you value those things?  Look at your bank account.  Are your values reflected there?

This week I was reminded that I don’t need to add more to my already-full calendar – I need to delete some things.  If I value my children, then I need to leave my cell phone in the other room (and turn it on silent).   If I value my husband, then I need to carve out time to things with him that he enjoys doing.  If I value being healthy, then I need to exercise and (gulp) quit eating (so much) chocolate.  At work, if I value my relationships with my clients, then I need to invest in those relationships.

It is hard to balance everything to be sure, but with a clear set of values, I am reminded once again what is important.  I can use this as a litmus test to say no to good things, so I can say yes to the best things.  I can quit reacting, and have more time to do what is important.