Show me your schedule……..and I’ll show you your priorities. The bigger the gap between your daily commitments and your deepest values…….the more unhappiness prevails. In your heart you know all the things that you need to be doing in order to honour your highest self. We make personal promises to spend more time with friends and family, to work out, to eat healthy, to manage finances, to be a good life partner……….and until we take action they are empty promises. Action is what sets us free and secures our integrity with ourselves and our promises. If there are things that we need to do….then we need to schedule them. Because what gets scheduled, gets done.
Instead of waiting for just the right time to keep our personal commitments; we need to appreciate ourselves enough to schedule those commitments and to follow through. Many of us are always doing considerate things for others, both loved ones, and strangers alike. Today, give yourself the same caring treatment….do something for you. Schedule self-care. Schedule a lunch with a best friend. Commit to family meals. Commit to a healthy life style. Establish a date night. When we feel that we are not organized or grounded, there’s a good chance that the peace of mind we long for, lies in our ability to create a natural rhythm and routine. The cycles of nature have rhythm and routine which we rely on…..give yourself that same gift.
Robin Sharma said “There’s an old phrase that says “what you’re doing speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you are saying.” You can say that your primary value involves putting your family first, but if time with your family is not all over your schedule, well then the truth of the matter is that your family life isn’t your priority. You can say you want to be in world class physical condition, but if I don’t see five or six workouts etched into your weekly schedule, the reality to be confronted is that your health just isn’t as important as you profess it to be. There can be no authentic success and lasting happiness if your daily schedule is misaligned with your deepest values.”