Your time, your money, your emotional energy, you only have so much of these things. The world around you demands. You’re used to living in reaction to all of these demands. Trying to manage every crisis. Trying to make ends meet. Trying to do enough, to be enough.
But there are more demands on you than you can fulfill. That means you have to set priorities.
When it comes to money, the way you set priorities is to have a budget. If you don’t have a plan for your money, your money will always flow to the people around you who do have a plan. When it comes to time, the way you set priorities is to have a schedule and a calendar.
But a budget and a schedule are just tools. There’s an even better way. Knowing your authentic core values.
Identifying your core values is incredibly important if you want to live an intentional, wholehearted life. Knowing what drives you allows you to be thoughtful about your actions, instead of living from reaction. Knowing that your values have a shadow side allows you to step away from harmful choices, fully aware of what you could do and choosing not to do it. Naming your values allows you to re-envision a better, healthier future for yourself. This won’t be an idyllic imagined future, but a real future connected to who you actually are, where your God-given best self gets more of the stage time.
In eighteen years of working spiritual growth and transformation I’ve seen this: When people grow, sometimes they become something altogether different than what they were before. But more often than not, they become a better, more focused, more life-giving version of who they were to begin with. If you believe that God wires us up from the beginning, that would only make sense. The Bible talks a lot about redemption, not much about transmutation.
If you’re wanting a more intentional life, a more wholehearted spiritual journey, then this is a good place to start. Get clear about the values that drive you.
I’ve written a short book that can guide you through the process.