What Are You Going to Be When You Grow Up?

We have all been asked that question. Way, way back when. We probably have asked it many times to children of our acquaintance. But, have you been asked that question in the near past?  Probably not. It is a question, however, that you should ask yourself in the golden years.

What am I going to do when I grow up? I have asked myself that many times over the years. I once wrote about how I felt like an adolescent because I didn’t really know what I wanted to do in life. I would think it was one thing, then decide I wanted to do something else.

Part of the reason I had so much trouble deciding what I wanted to do with my life is that I had not defined my mission and vision for life. These are based on your value system. You have to answer the question of what you really want from life. Is it financial ease? Is it prestige? Is it power? Is it the ability to help others? Is it family and home? A strong personal relationship with God?

All the above are important desires. They are of differing importance to each individual, however. For example, financial security (money) is important. But, is it the most important thing to you?  It may be or it may not be. Each person has to decide for themselves what is most important to them. Only in this way will they be satisfied with life decisions.

To determine what is most important to you, think about the values you have. What are your ten most important values? List them. These are not things you want, but things that you consider important to be a whole person. It should include things like honesty, compassion, philanthropy, spirituality, Christianity, education, and independence. Each person list of 10 things will be different. For today, get a sheet of paper or notebook and list your 10 most important values. Some more suggestions might include the following:

  • Achievement        
  • Caring
  • Confidence
  • Dependability
  • Discipline
  • Peacefulness
  • Personal fulfillment
  • Respect
  • Security
  • Self-reliance
  • Perseverance
  • Hope
  • Self-Actualization
  • Thankfulness
  • Wisdom
  • Kindness
  • Loyalty
  • Persistence
  • Health
  • Prosperity
  • Resourcefulness
  • Self-discipline
  • Faith
  • Fitness
  • Forgiveness
  • Fulfillment
  • Generosity
  • Good Humor

What are your 10 top values? List them now.

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