The Highest Priorities in Life Next Year (Part 1)

The Highest Priorities in Life Next Year (Part 1)

By Jamie Matthewman
December 28th, 2015

“Of all ridiculous things, the most ridiculous seems to me, to be busy — to be a man who is brisk about his food and his work.” ~ Kierkegaard

There are potentially a lot of priorities in life to attend to, such as your family, your retirement fund, your health and so on. But what’s the highest priority in life? Personally I think there’s only one, which I’ll come to.

Firstly my hope is, if you’ve been celebrating the Christmas holidays you’ve spent the last few days relaxing and taking a well earned break from the grind. By that I mean living at a slower pace and being more present to the simplicity of life.

It can seem a whole lot easier to take your foot off the gas and let life unfold at this time of year. If you have a business you’ve probably closed the doors for a few days, because your customers have more important things on their minds. If you’re employed, it’s likely your work has closed its doors for the same reason.

Either way, it meant you could dedicate more time and attention to your families and hopefully yourself. Maybe you took a walk or sat down at the table to eat with your family for the first time this year. Perhaps you used the time to catch up with friends and party.

It wouldn’t surprise me if you’ve started thinking about what you want to make a priority in 2016? Personally I really enjoy this time between Christmas and the New Year, I use it to reflect on the last 12 months and think about what I want to make important during the coming year.

That said, you may still have felt a little anxious, as though you should be doing something else, something more important to you avoid the wheels falling off whatever projects you’re committed to right now. It may feel like this ‘quiet time’ has been imposed on you, rather than a personal choice.

The problem is hurrying through life is based in FEAR. It will leave you feeling stressed, impact your health, your relationships and your dampen your innate capability to know and create what you REALLY want.

More importantly, this ‘always on urgency’, which keeps you pushing and striving will take it’s toll on your enjoyment of life. This is important because, when you’re fully immersed in the joy of life, anything seems possible and paradoxically nothing really matters.

You can have all the money in the world, the perfect job, your dream car, a perfect body, a pin up girlfriend, an empire the size of Turkey, but if you’re not enjoying the ride, what’s the point?

Urgency is a powerful force when it’s directed towards a cause you truly believe in and in no way am I suggesting giving up on your goals next year, but if you’re slogging your guts out in the name of other people’s dreams or you’re feeling trapped inside your own business, maybe it’s time to reevaluate what you’re committed to before it’s too late.

In part two, I explore how prioritising one intention in 2016, could transform your experience of life next year and help you create more of what you want (sign up to the newsletter below, to get it delivered direct to your inbox so you don’t miss it).

So if you want to know what I think your highest priority is in 2016, check out part two of what’s your highest priority in life.

Jamie @ The Inspired Man

Jamie Matthewman

About Jamie Matthewman

Jamie is the founder, main contributor and editor of The Inspired Man.

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