It’s Week 31 of the 52 Weeks of Gratitude Challenge, here’s our challenge for this week:
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Week 31: Core Value
This week’s gratitude challenge really got me thinking. Not just about the things I value, but about the values that make up my very being. It made me sit back and really think about the things that are of value to me and the values that motivate my day to day life. Without meaning to, I realized one of my main core values. Everyone values something different. Whether it be honesty, living with purpose, or something else, there is no right or wrong answer to this question. When asked to share with you all one of my core values, I came across the value of purpose.
For many of you, you probably have a list of things you do everyday. Most of them might hold little significance to you, but I guarantee you’ve spent very little time thinking about whether or not your actions are serving your bigger picture. Before this year, I was not a goal setter. I didn’t think any farther than the next vacation in front of me, and while I spent a lot of my time planning and scheduling, I didn’t actually work any harder toward my big picture goals. When I created my Goals and Resolutions for this year, I realized that I had never actually taken the time to write down my goals before.
I was working towards and reaching many of my goals, but a lot of my day to day actions weren’t reflecting the things that were important to me, or would put me closer to some of my goals. By having my goals written down on a piece of paper, I found myself referencing and thinking of them often. I challenged myself to not only meet milestones, but ask myself with each choice if it was helping me reach these goals.
I gave up playing video games in my spare time to have more time to read. I spent more time focusing on our budget than on couponing. While certain things fell by the wayside, some of my actions created a positive impact on my overall life. I found that by only focusing on the things that would give my life purpose and help me reach the bigger picture goals, I was eliminating a lot of mental clutter. I was able to focus only on the things that mattered and focus on happiness as well. I was taking the time to further improve not only on my organization skills, but also my ability to let clutter go. By only allowing myself to focus on a few goals at a time, I was able to become mentally invested in each of them.
My home may not be spotless, my mail bin may be overflowing with crap, but I am content because I know I am only focusing on the things that matter most to me in this season of life. By allowing myself to focus on a life of purpose, I’ve been able to see my life with a new perspective. I’ve learned to hand things off to others as well as let certain things go. I know that at some point these might change, but for now I only need to focus on activities that will help me reach the bigger goals.
Since I’ve created an attitude and way of life around my goals, I’ve been able to make my activities have purpose. My downtime is spent spending quality time with Mr. Penny Pincher, and I’m able to keep up with my home now that it has been decluttered. I’m able to not only decide what is worth crossing off a to do list, but what I should be doing with my free time. If you feel your life is lacking purpose, then the first step is to dream big. Make a big goal for yourself and then make it your purpose to reach that goal. Shape your life around that goal, and work until you’ve reached it. Then once you’ve reached it, make another one and do it all over again.
When you live your life with purpose, you will never feel that your time has been wasted.