Focus on what truly matters

What we choose to focus on magnifies in our lives. I have outlined a few strategies that can help you stay focused on what truly matters and create the life that you desire.

Clarify your personal values

Values are qualities/principles that are most important to you. Your values are the foundation for your life. They inform your life choices and help you set priorities for your life. Take time to clarify your personal values and put them into action.

Create a vision for your life

A vision is a desired future state. Give yourself permission to dream BIG. Create a detailed vision of what you desire for your life and create a plan of action to bring it to life. You may find my post on vision boards helpful. Click here to read the vision board post.

Create awareness of how you are spending your time, energy, and money

Keep track of how you are spending your time, energy, and money (in writing) on a daily basis over the course of a week. It will help you see the degree to which you are (or aren’t) focused on what truly matters. This exercise is seriously eye opening!

Capture what is most important to you in writing

Writing things down helps you clear your mind, organize your thoughts and, ultimately, organize your life. Make a commitment to capture what is most important to you in writing – your values, vision, goals, commitments, and so on.

Need support? Be True to You has a step-by-step process that can help you create your life from the inside out, true to your values and vision for your life.focusedAll the best,

Ruthann

Pray & Take Action

When you pray, move your feet.

African Proverb

When we pray with a goal in mind, we are engaging the power of intention in the context of all things being divinely possible.

The word intention comes from the Latin word intendere which means to stretch out; to extend. Intention inspires vision and guides action. For example, if you are praying for peace, envision what peace would look like in your life and commit to thinking peaceful thoughts, speaking peaceful words, and creating a peaceful environment. If you are praying for a new job/career opportunity, envision your new job/career and support your prayer with actions like updating your resume, creating a list of companies to target, networking, and so on.

Prayer that is outcome focused and not supported with action is empty prayer. It is important that we pray and take action.

Engage the power of the written word to help you manifest what you desire. Create a plan of action that will enable you to move from where you are to where you would like to be. Consider using images and/or symbols as visual reminders of your desired outcome (click here to see my post on Vision Boards).

Work toward your goal, but don’t be attached to a particular outcome. Being attached to a specific outcome can get in the way of you receiving an even bigger blessing than the one you had in mind.

The essence of prayer is faith in a divine presence working in and through our lives. As such, stay open to guidance and trust that you are being guided to your highest good.

Question for reflection

What is one thing you can do this week to move your life in the direction of your prayers?

All the best,

Ruthann

Create a Vision Board

A vision board is a visual representation of your desired outcomes. It is a powerful tool for staying focused and bringing your goals to life through the use of words, images, and symbols. Images and symbols are the language of your soul.

Your vision board can represent what you desire for your life overall, be specific to a life area (e.g., health and fitness, career, relationships, etc.) or a quality that you would like to magnify in your life (e.g., peace, love, joy, etc.). The key is to include words, images, and symbols that are meaningful to you. Keep your board in a place that will enable you to see it on a daily basis. It will serve as a visual reminder of what you would like to manifest in your life.

In my post, Be Intentional (click here to read Be Intentional), I encouraged you to spend some time thinking about and visualizing where you would like to be in the next three months. I invite you to create a vision board that represents what you visualized for your life three months from now or whatever time frame works best for you.

What you will need:

  • Your goals/desired outcomes (click here to read about SMART goals)
  • Poster board, cork board, or large piece of paper
  • Glue, tape, push pins (depending on the type of board you are using)
  • Scissors
  • Words, images, and symbols that you cut out of magazines and/or download from the internet
  • Colored pens and/or markers for handwritten words and/or images

There is no right or wrong way to create your board. It is a creative process that produces a visual representation of what you would like to manifest in your life. Have fun and enjoy the process! Search the internet to see examples of vision boards (also known as treasure maps). The link below will take you to Google images for vision boards.

Google images for vision boards

All the best,

Ruthann

Be Intentional

Note: click the link at the end to download the worksheet for this post.

The word intention comes from the Latin word intendere, which means to “stretch out,” “to extend”. To be intentional is to be willing to stretch and grow. It is a process of being pulled forward by a compelling vision.  Do you have a vision for your life?  Do you know where you would like to be in the next three months?  Six months?  One year?

Spend some time this week thinking about and visualizing where you would like to be in the next three months (or whatever timeframe works best for you).  Get clear as to what you would like to change, why you would like to make a change, and how you plan to make it happen.

I invite you to create a powerful intention to pull you forward. State what you intend to accomplish within a specific timeframe.

I intend to _____________________________

Based on this intention, I commit to taking the following actions:

1.  ___________________________________

2.  ___________________________________

3.  ___________________________________

If there is a gap between your commitment and action, see it as an opportunity for personal growth rather than a personal failing; recommit to your intention and begin again.

Downloadable worksheet: Be Intentional

All the best,

Ruthann