Life is short, and it only goes quicker the older you get. Getting clear on what your true life priorities are and what is important to you in life, isn’t always as simple as it sounds. And as you get older, you’ll begin to realize that choosing what’s important is essential to your happiness.

People have different priorities, and you can’t possibly give every aspect of life the same attention. For example, some people are more career-driven, others care about keeping up with fashion or music, others are more bothered about their family or having their own family. In fact, there are a number of things which people prioritize including family/friends, health/fitness, creating wealth, independence, influence and power, making use of talents, having a healthy career, your personal growth, having a positive impact on society, prestige and status, professional growth, security, spirituality or faith, leisure and relaxation, wealth and savings and where you live. 

So, with all these aspects in life, while you might think they are all important to you, it is essential to work out what matters most and what to give you attention to. There are a few ways you can do this and a couple of scenarios you can put yourself in to work out what matters to you.

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For example, an excellent way to work out what is important to you and what you would want is to think about what you would do if money were unlimited. Some people think they would buy a private jet and go off around the world, but would they? If you won the lottery, would you immediately go and buy a big mansion just because you can? Or would you buy something that would suit the needs of you and your family? Would you help out with a charity? Learn something new? Devote your time to writing a book? Get through your bucket list?  

What about if it was your last day on earth, what have you not done which you need to do? Or imagine you were at the very end of your life, what advice would you give your current self?

It is easy to get lost with so many choices. You want success, yet wonder if you’re on the right path. You’d like to have balance in your life, but there are so many conflicts that you often find yourself spending too much energy in one direction.

So how do you get your life in order and work out what is important to you?

Start by asking yourself the following questions:

  • Who are the most important people in your life?
  • What do you enjoy doing most?
  • Are there qualities, skills, or talents that you haven’t explored?
  • What are your highest achievements and accomplishments?
  • According to your friends, loved ones, and family members, what are your best qualities?

Finally, look at what makes you happy? And whatever it is, do that.

Happiness makes you feel good, envelops you in warmth, and costs nothing. How many times do you walk away from happiness and instead involve yourself in some task or activity that’s boring, uninvolving, repetitive, endless, or unproductive? If you want to be happy in life, think about what makes you happy.

Inject that happiness and what it is that makes you happy into your everyday life.

Whatever it is, this is something important to you, something you value highly. Be sure to do it as often as you can, with full presence of the moment and joy that you can have this experience. Happiness matters over anything else and that ultimately will show you what is most important to you. You might be very surprised to learn about yourself, but once you know what’s what, it can be life-changing.