If someone asked you right now what you want in life, would you know what you would say? I know that I want to wake up each day happy, and full of energy and love to share with others, but that is a very general statement. A lot of the things I actually do during the day end up contradicting this statement. Why? Because I am often so focused on the small decisions that I lose sight of the big picture. Big picture thinking does not come naturally to me – it is a thinking habit I would like to work on. Just because I am able to choose a banana over a chocolate bar one afternoon doesn’t mean I am successfully achieving my goals of health and happiness. The clearer I can define my goals and ensure they are true to who I am, the more likely I will be to make the best choices each day to help me achieve these goals. Even though I try to act out of love for others, I want my core values to be at the forefront of my mind more often than they currently are. I have shared in previous posts the tactic of using reminders on my phone as triggers for certain habits I am trying to form, such as observing over judging. I’m thinking my next step in trying to align my small, everyday actions with my core values and big-time goals is to use quotes on my dresser mirror as reminders. Here are a couple I love:
“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.”
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
Are you someone who quite naturally is able to focus on their big-time goals and has good self-control? What helps remind you of your core values on a daily basis?