Some people have an internal compass that automatically sort, organize, and prioritize the elements in their lives. Whereas other people, like me, do not. I am more on the creative side, scatter brained, jumping on wild ideas. This inability to prioritize and organize also lead to anxiety as small problems are emotionally magnified. Because of this observation about myself, I realized that I need to consciously think through what I thrive for, what is truly important, what take precedence. As I go through this exercise I become less anxious, my goals become clear, and I become more focused.
In order of importance, these are what I value in life.
1 - Health,
2 - Relationship
3 - Money
4 - Freedom, autonomy
5 - Success, achievement, progress, respect
For other people it maybe different. I am not religious or spiritual, but I can see that high up in the order of importance.
Since this blog is about financial freedom I will digress and discuss what constitute a good job. What you like about a job also over lap with some of the elements listed above, especially the last 3. Our professions take up a majority of our waking time; therefore, we should optimize it to improve the quality of our lives.
Here are some elements of a good job:
Control over schedule
Align with your strength
Pay, especially progressive increase in pay
Making a difference in the world
I become grateful for what I have as I go through this exercise. And the things that I lack, knowing it is not essential, causes me less anxiety.