I’m not into the hustle. I’m into hard work. I used to look up to people who were busy, martyring themselves for causes or metrics that in the end were purely being chased out of vanity.
I decided to write this post because I don’t want people to get the wrong idea about WHY I am so passionate about planners and intentional living. I’ve found that it’s certainly not looking back at a to do list that has multiple items checked off. Even better, it’s about looking at your week, your days, your lists, knowing you are accomplishing the right things and you can feel good about it all.
If I’m being really honest, I hate the weird connotations I feel when I hear the word productivity. I feel tired. I feel sad. I feel like a cog in the machine.
I came to the realization a while ago, that I would rather live in a 500 square foot apartment and eat Top Ramen, working in a job I really enjoy making pennies, rather than be praised by people I don’t like for accomplishments I achieved at the sacrifice and cost of what REALLY matters to me.
For me, it was sacrificing positivity (a HUGE personal value of mine) for a label that I didn’t really want.
And life is just far too short for that.
When I was 9 years old, I saw my first glimpse into death.
It was Thanksgiving Day and we had just sat down to eat, when all of a sudden we heard a loud, eerie sound of metal clashing. We ran outside and saw a horrific scene of injury, blood, trauma and pieces of metal that were once normal cars. It was so silent, but all so loud at the same time.
I’ll never forget my Dad walking over to the driver of the truck that had been slammed into by a small car, all because of a failure to stop at a stop sign. He held the mans wrist in his hand and waited to hear any sign of life. Calmly, he put his hand down and walked back to me slowly, shaking his head. He locked eyes with me as I stared and quietly said, “He’s gone.”
I still think about that accident to this day, because it was truly a wake up call for me. It all happened within seconds, and within minutes peoples lives had forever been changed.
I have sacrificed relationships for money that was lost just a few days later.
I have sacrificed actually enjoying my life and being present for numbers or Instagram followers or Facebook likes.
And I have wanted and coveted what someone else had (cars, houses, influence, following) not realizing all the panic, the pain and the drama that ensued sprinting after those things instead of pacing themselves.
That’s the key though, with using a planner. You are planning the life YOU want to build. And that’s why I am so passionate about helping people find the right planner and using it.
Maybe you don’t care about money. Or maybe you do? Maybe you care about having peace in your life. . . Or maybe you care about having your days filled with your family and friends. Maybe, it’s having your days filled with connecting and working with people who have the same spark you do and the same drive to see things accomplished like you.
We are all different, but a life lived with intention, is hardly ever a life wasted.
Today friends, I challenge you to write out your 5 values somewhere in your planner where you can scan over them every day. These are key, intrinsic priorities that help you make decisions, choose the life path you want to walk down on and they make sure that no matter what, you are living the life you are called and intended to live.
Here are my personal, 5 values:
I’d love to know, what are your five values? If you feel comfortable, I’d love to have you share them in the comments below! Too many of us are busy living lives that are filled with the agenda of others, instead of stopping amidst the noise and creating the agenda our inner compass is calling us to live.