What matters most can be a loaded question. The answer depends on who’s asking and who’s being asked.
With the arrival of the new year, the prosperity of a blank slate shines bright and clean. When that new year rolls around we ask ourselves “Ok, what are my goals? What am I going to start/stop doing?”
90% of the time for me that answer begins with “eat less [insert food] and do more [insert exercise move I absolutely despise].”However, setting goals means nothing if we don’t understand the purpose behind them. The ‘why’ is just as important and is the power that drives the ‘what’.
When we ask ourselves ‘what are my goals for this year?’ It will often result in answers such as buying a first home, travel the world, make more money, lose weight, stop smoking etc. All perfectly good goals but they have their flaws. The problems lies in the fact that these goals are set without a purpose in mind. Why do you want to travel? How will this add value to your current life’s state?
These are the reasons it is more beneficial to ask the question what matters most to you.
Better relationships? Finding love? More freedom with your time?
Finding out what matters to you most is a tool that will help narrow down the list of abundant unnecessary goals. It will help decipher and focus on what really motivates you, what makes you happy and what keeps you passionate. From there, you build your goals with substance and meaning.
In other words, know what you’re doing it and why you’re doing it.
- Goal: I want to lose 10 kgs
- Why: Because it will mean a healthier and more energetic me that will ultimately lead to better lifestyle.
- Goal: I want to work less hours
- Why: Because I want to create a better work/life balance. This will allow me to create a stronger relationship with my family.
- Goal: I want to travel the world
- Why: This will let me met new people and gain experience outside of my comfort zone that will filter into other aspects of my life.
These are a few examples…
Let’s plan for 2016 to bring positivity, prosperity, strength and tiny bit of drama. Because let’s be real, life ain’t life without a bit of drama. Just try not to attract too much and learn how to handle it better.