‘We sacrifice our health in order to make wealth, then we sacrifice our wealth in order to get back our health’ – the Dalai Lama
Begin thinking of your TIME and ENERGY as your most valuable commodities; you can never get back your time, once it’s gone it’s gone. Choose wisely how and who you spend your time with.
While studying my holistic lifestyle coaching course with CHEK Europe (see resources for contact on CHEK courses), one of the questions we had to answer was to identify our top three priorities and our core values. I surprised myself, that I actually had no clear idea of what my top three priorities were or my core values. I vaguely knew, hence I was getting ‘vague’ results in my life and attracting ‘vague’ relationships, not quite knowing the direction I wanted to go next in life and feeling completely overwhelmed, confused and un-grounded. With the ability to get quiet and listen to my intuition, I was able to list my top three priorities, which I live by today. I will share them with you here:
- My health – my health is my wealth. I firmly believe this; having vibrant health changes the way I move, feel and operate in the world.
- Living from a place of passion and purpose – this fuels the fire inside me and makes me feel truly alive.
- Love and relationships – who I spend my time with and nurturing meaningful, loving relationships, including the relationship to myself.
When I ask my clients what the core values of their business or workplace are, they can quickly tell me, but when asking for themselves, they too struggle to come up with an answer.
To clarify, priorities are external principles guided by your internal values. For example, family, business, money. Core values are personalised and guide the way you live your life. For example, lifestyle choices, the way in which you want to work and your overall life principles and view toward everything. All values have to be acted upon or you are not living in alignment with them.
On a piece of paper, list your top three priorities, and why they are a priority to you.
Take a look at your top three priorities; is there something in there for yourself? Often, people will give their energy and power to everything else but themselves. For example, if your top three priorities are your job, your partner, your children, there is nothing left for yourself. Often these people are depleted because they are not filling up their cup first and prioritising themselves somewhere, perhaps carrying issues of low self-worth. If that is you, go back and re-evaluate your priorities. Fill your cup up first and then give from the overflow.
Now, of these three priorities, write out at least three core values for each one. For example:
- Daily meditation to keep me centred
- I eat good, high-quality, organic foods, applying the 80:20 rule
- I need to be in bed by 10.30pm at least four times a week to feel really energised and rested
Living from a place of passion and purpose
- Doing work that lights my heart and soul
- I invest in my personal, professional and self-development to continually grow and be inspired
- I take time out to travel and experience new things that excite me
Love and relationships (including relationship to yourself)
- I meet up with a friend to catch up once a week
- I have an evening to myself at home at least once a week to self-nurture
- My partner and I share similar values.
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As you write down your values, think about where you need and want to experience more of this value in your life. How are you demonstrating these values? For example if your value is vibrant health but you are eating greasy takeaways every other night, then this is sending confusing and conflicting messages to your subconscious.
When you get clear on your values, you get to redefine success for yourself. What does success mean for YOU? Not what society, your parents, peers, colleagues think it is for you. Everyone has his or her own timing. You are in control of your destiny; take back your power, get back in the driving seat and enjoy the game of life. As these values cement into your life (and they may of course change over time as you continually evolve), it will help you to get clear on what you want to attract in every area. I recommend sitting down and writing out your core values for every area of your life: lifestyle, health, relationships, work, family, home, finances and self-care time.
Holistic Heath & Wellbeing Coach
I am the founder of Wholistic Body Life, a holistic health approach to restoring harmony and balance in a fast-paced world. I have 20 years experience in the field of fitness, holistic health and well-being. I’m passionate about helping others thrive physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually in modern-day life, having experienced the edge of burnout many times in the past as a Personal Trainer.
I’ve helped thousands of people live healthier, happier and more fulfilled lives from all walks of life; from Royalty, celebrities, business leaders, new Mum’s and teenagers. Appearing on the local news and national radio. I work with clients all over the world through Skype and in person, running group workshops and events and working on retreats in the UK and abroad. My new book, Self Care for Life in the City is due out January 2020.