Sort Out Your Values

What is most important to you in life? Do you really know? This simple exercise can help you discover your priorities.

Pick up a packet of 3 x 5 cards. For several days, write down everything in the entire world that you think you may want -- nice car, family with three kids, a graduate degree, a trip to the islands, a home in the burbs, a second home in the mountains, excellent health and fitness, early retirement, a life filled with peace and serenity, a huge diamond ring. That's it - be as extravagant as you like.

Write down every single thing that comes to mind, one item on each card. Then, each day, go through the cards, keeping the ones that continue to grab you and say "yes, this is really what I want in my life"! Put aside those cards that seem to grow less important over time.

Continue this process every day, until you whittle your pile down to about five cards. Most likely for this time of your life, those are your most important values.

Will these values change over time? Of course, people change.

Repeat this exercise often to keep yourself focused on what is important to you. This will help you to determine exactly how you want to spend your valuable resources of time, money and energy on a daily basis. Soon you will find that you are able to make decisions and choices that get you what you want... because you now know what you want most!