Identifying What’s Important To You

In an ever-busy world filled with distractions and different priorities, it can be hard to know where you should put your attention. Part of living your dash meaningfully and intentionally is being able to identify what’s important to you. Being conscious of what matters to you will be a guiding force, especially when overwhelming or busy seasons of life strike. This awareness will keep you grounded and focused on what is meaningful to you instead of who or what is loudest around you.

Here are some questions to help you identify what is important to you:


Start with gratitude. This position of reflection gets to the heart of the people and things that have impacted your life. Take some time to write down everything you are thankful for in your life. When you think you are finished, keep going; there is usually more.

2. What brings me joy?

Think about what activities bring you the most joy. Do you like to get outside? Play or watch sports? Do you wish you had more time to travel, cook, or read? Think about what you’re doing during those times when you lose track of time and walk away feeling full and happy.

3. What are my favorite memories?

Think about various stages of your life – what memories come to mind? As you reflect on happy times, who was there? What were you doing? How did you feel? Can you do more of those favorite things?

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4. Where do I spend my time?

Take inventory of the activities that fill your time. Are you happy with the results? What does each thing mean to you?

5. Am I happy with how I’m living my Dash?

At the end of your life, will you be happy you invested your time the way you have been? What things do you think people would say about you? Are you satisfied with those things?

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After you’ve answered these questions, you will probably notice people, places, things, activities, and more that keep coming up, again and again. Those, dear friends, are what makes you the person you are what helps you define what’s essential to your well-lived life. Now, it’s time to work toward including these things in your life more and more. So now, answer a few more questions:

  • How can I spend more time with the people that matter most?
  • Where can I free up time so I can do more of what brings me joy?
  • Where do I need to say no?
  • What changes I need to make?

There’s no right or wrong answer to any of these questions. Everyone’s Dash is one-of-a-kind, but all of us only have one Dash to live. Discovering the answers to these questions for yourself will only help you further enjoy life and develop a meaningful life path. 

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