For those of you who know me well, you’ll know that I’m a Generator-of-Ideas.
New ideas pop in my head ALL the time. This is no exaggeration. I struggle to focus and, at times, struggle to sleep because of all the ideas churning around inside my noggin.
There are a gazillion things I want to do.
Different projects I want to work on. Books I want to write and illustrate. Courses I want to design. Films I want to make. Songs I want to sing. Talks I want to give. Vlogs I want to create. Poems I want to write. Places I want to visit. People I want to connect with. Creative workshops I want to design and host. Concepts I want to grasp. Books I want to read. Stuff I want to learn and understand. Stories I want to listen to (and tell).
On and on it goes… just one Hat-Life… and a gazillion things that I want to try and squeeze in to that one-Hat-Life!!
And – of course – there’s my family… and my home… and the on-OUR-terms lifestyle we’ve been building for the past couple years… and a gazillion more ideas surrounding all that!
Clearly – I am in need of clarity!
And (for my own sanity) – I need to learn how to prioritise all these ideas and create some kind of manageable production-line.
What’s most important? What’s the least important? What needs to be worked on right now? What can wait in the wings for a bit?
Which direction do I go in first?
HOW do I prioritise what’s most important?
A couple of years ago… I remember hearing somebody explain the difference between a belief and a core value.
It looks like this:
If I say that I believe that it’s important to eat healthily and to exercise… then it’s a belief – but – not necessarily a core value. It’s only a core value when I live my life according to that value. When I actually DO eat healthily every day… and I actually DO exercise. Then it’s a core value. It’s not just talk. It’s something that’s deeply integral to the person I am… so much so – that I LIVE the principle more than TALK about the principle.
PS: Clearly healthy eating and daily exercise remain well-meaning beliefs of mine… but not core-values. Today I have quaffed only caffeine and seed bars. And I can’t remember the last time I deliberately set out to exercise my body.
So – I remember this guy (the one that told us about beliefs vs. core values) telling us that core values were really helpful things to figure out – if you wanted to learn how to prioritise your dreams and goals. Core values can be used as beacons… and once you’ve figured out your core values – it’s easier to prioritise goals!
So – with that in mind… I have been thinking about – and writing about – some of my core values. And I thought I’d share my processing scribbles with you:
PS: Feel free to share your core values with me… and also – if you have any wise words of wisdom regarding how to prioritise gazillions of ideas… I’m all ears!