(NOTE: If you missed last week’s post about prioritizing grapefruits, be sure to check it out here: Grapefruit anyone?)
As we continue to move into 2018, I want to encourage you, once again, to get clear on what really, truly matters most to you.
STEP ONE: Look back on the past year. What made you smile? What made your heart sing? And also, what are you ready to let go of?
HINT: look at your gratitude journal – it’s your blueprint for joy!
STEP TWO: Once you have identified your “grapefruits” – those big juicy things that matter most to us like spending quality time with family, writing a book, or taking care of our bodies – the next step is to prioritize them in order of importance to you and use “one-pointed focus” to achieve them.
HINT: Try to let go of the voice that says, “I SHOULD do _____” and listen to the voice that says “I LOVE doing _____.”
So, for example, the juiciest grapefruit on my list this year is to deepen my meditation practice and my connection to spirit.
For me, finding just a few minutes every day to sit quietly and clear my mind is my utmost priority every single day, knowing that everything else in my life will benefit from this one small change.
Once I have accomplished this, I know the rest of my day will go more smoothly and I will also feel a sense of accomplishment, even if this doesn’t take me that long!
STEP THREE: Continue to move down your list.
Making sure #1 gets done first frees me up to move on to the next item on my list: increase my physical strength and stamina. I started lifting weights again in addition to walking, biking and yoga.
Here is the best part – since one of my goals is to get out in nature more and another is to make more time for friends who lift my spirit, I scheduled a walk with one of my soul sisters in a preserve nearby.
BAM! That one action – taking a walk – is essentially accomplishing FOUR of my grapefruit goals.
Walking in nature with a friend I care about not only increases my physical stamina, it deepens my connection with this person, with nature, and with my spirit.
Now THAT is juicy stuff!
Had I not been clear about how important these things are to me, I may still have scheduled that walk, but might not have appreciated all the wonderful things this one activity is doing for me and I might not make the effort to do it again.
So you see how this works?
It’s no joke that what you appreciate, appreciates and that practicing gratitude shines a light on joy, love, health and happiness. Tweet this!
Now here’s the clincher: The more I take action to do the things that lift my spirit, the more energized and motivated I am to get all those other things done, like cleaning my basement and organizing my closets. These by the way, are things I have chosen to put on my list as secondary goals, but together will add up to another grapefruit of mine: Create a home environment that inspires bliss.
It’s all about clarity – and juice!
Now to help hold you accountable, I encourage you to share in the comments below your #1 grapefruit and make this your juciest year yet!
Happy juicing, y’all!