Do you know your priorities? Have you ever stopped to think about what are your three priorities in your life currently? I've heard people say before that their family is priority. Great, that's noble to say and then we look at their agenda. We look at their schedule, and they don't have any time for their family. You may say my priority is my health. I need to be healthy. Okay, great, now look in your agenda. Where do you have those activities, hobbies, or daily exercise routines in your schedule?
We may not even be conscious of our actual priorities. Concretely, if we don't choose our priorities, we won't schedule it in, and it may not happen. I'd love to say my goal is to live a peaceful life, but I have to look at my agenda and my day to day. Did I meditate? Did I sit in nature? Did I sit with animals? Did I admire some bugs? If I want to connect and live a slower life, do I notice things around me or am I super busy, running in this hamster wheel?
As a family, do you want to spend more time with your family? How often do we reach out and ask our friends how they're doing? I think it's important to put effort to maintain these relationships. They don't just happen. What about maintaining and or finding that deep romantic relationship and partnership. Is love important for you? If you have a partner that you adore and love, do they know that you prioritize them? Do you prioritize their needs? If your relationship is important, you need to allocate time in your schedule to support them, and maybe their endeavours personally or professionally. Take time to communicate. Take time every week to authentically communicate with your partner to share some vulnerabilities, resentments, frustrations, or things you would like to work on instead of them escalating to be so big. This takes time. This takes effort. This takes maybe 30 minutes a week, or do you just watch TV together and disconnect instead of taking that time to reconnect?
What about travel? If this is a priority for you, but you're not taking step for your next trip, time will pass, and you may not discover the world. Another one is self care. Some people are burnt out, and tired. They need to work on self care. Where do you put yourself in in your own schedule? The entrepreneurs I work with are very good at business. They're very good at building their companies, therefore I usually have to work with them on self care.
Okay, great. You're successful. You are your schedule is full awesome. But where are you in your schedule? And people don't even have themselves in the schedule. When I first started my company, I needed a place to release my anxiety and stress. Every Thursday night I would go dancing salsa and bachata. It was two hours a week where I could just be in the moment, have fun, enjoy myself and be with friends. Things happened in the last two years where we weren't allowed to go dance per se, so I've since shifted my lifestyle to be a lot quieter and more laid back. Before, even if I was exhausted, dancing was a non-negotiable and it was in my agenda. I honoured that commitment with myself because I knew that I would have to wait another week before I get to have that experience again.
Education. I'm super big on education. I started my own company based on education, since I think there's nothing more important than being able to communicate with other humans. I highly value learning from other people, reading, being coached, and discovering something new every day.
Spirituality? Is that a priority? Morning rituals, walking in nature, meditation, there's many avenues to spirituality and if that's your priority, where's is it in your schedule? Health. We could have all the dreams, goals, and projects in the world, but if we are not physically at our optimal state, then we will not be able to reach them. We may tire out, burn out or become sick. We may develop a disease which will take us into a different path of trying to heal instead of working on our purpose and serving others. There are so many aspects of life that are important but think about three that you want to prioritize. Be precise. In the summer, my priorities changed to be in health, fitness and being outside. In the winter, my priorities maybe relationship, work, and spirituality. You can shift your priorities but be conscious of them and put them in your schedule.
This goes back to time management. I used to be frazzled and all over the place with my to do list and then when I finally plugged these things that were important for me into my agenda. All this weight was lifted off my shoulders and I just didn't have this anxiety anymore because I knew everything would be covered. I knew that I was going to be able to honour my commitments, my priorities, and my company objectives. I became so much more efficient. I was having record months and feeling so healthy. I had so much energy and I was feeling proud of myself.
If any of my journey can help you on yours, that is my ultimate goal. To help you grow your company but really in a holistic way. In an intuitive way to manifest the dream lifestyle that you deserve.
JADI KINDRED is the founder of Accent Unique Inc. Since 2011, Jadi has helped hundreds of business professionals and entrepreneurs from all industries improve their confidence speaking English. Her mission is to inspire greatness in others. One way of doing this is by her helping people become more culturally aware through communication and understanding. She is passionate about travel, spending time in nature, constant learning, and growing her company. She is a native of Saskatchewan, but in 2008 moved with only two suitcases to Quebec, where she began her new life and journey of entrepreneurship.