“We encourage you to set the bar high, no matter what you’re aiming for in life.”

Marc Eisenson, Gerri Detweiler
Nancy Castleman
Invest in Yourself:
Six Secrets to a Rich Life

Many of us spend our lives trying to please others or pursuing goals that others have set for us.  In contrast, the authors of Invest in Yourself advocate the self-designed life, “where you invest your time and energy getting what you want and doing what you believe in—not wasting them on things you don’t really want, but think you should have.”

The first step to take, in changing the direction your life, is to clarify your values and priorities.  That is because identifying and articulating what is most important to you will increase your self-understanding and strengthen your sense of autonomy.  An excellent resource to help you in this process is Values Clarification by Sidney Simon, Leland Howe, and Howard Kirschenbaum.  This book is described as “the classic guide to discovering your truest feelings, beliefs, and goals.”

In addition, focusing on what is most important to you will keep you on track when making both the big and little decisions in life.  We all have multiple and often conflicting demands on our time, talents, energy, and financial resources.  The right course of action is not always clear unless we view our options in the context of our values and priorities.

As stated by Lou Tice in Smart Talk for Achieving Your Potential, “If you don’t have a hierarchy of values, if you don’t have priorities already in your mind, you don’t know how to make your choices or how to control your reactions.”

Reprinted by permission of Money Quotient, NP

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