The following is an exact excerpt from the book Listening To Your Inner Voice by Douglas Bloch. I in no way possess any ownership of the following. I am simply sharing the thoughts, expressions and words of an author who has inspired me.
Living Your Priorities
Here is a simple way to get in touch with your priorities. Imagine that you have an incurable illness and are given six months to live. As the doctors inform you of their findings, see yourself accepting your imminent mortality with the resolve, "I am going to spend the last months of my life living to the fullest, doing those things that are truly important to me." Then imagine yourself living out those six months in the manner in which you decided.
Afterwards, note your experience. During your remaining days, what did you do, who did you see, and where did you go? What do these choices say about what's really important to you - your values and priorities? Are you living them today? If you are not, you may want to learn from Tony's story.
After being diagnosed with AIDS, Tony decided to embrace life. He bought a house, planted a garden, and nurtured his important relationships. As a result he lived the remaining three years of his life in pure joy.
The tragedy is that his life ended just as he was beginning to live. Why wait for a life-threatening experience to motivate you to take action? Confront your fears and pursue what brings you happiness and joy. There is no better time than now.
1. I am in touch with my priorities, and I act on them
2. By living each day as though it were my last, I experience the fullness of life
3. I am fully and freely expressing who I am
4. I release whatever fears are holding me back
5. I have the courage to take risks
6. Your own _________________________