7 Areas of Life
Internal areas of life are those that you can control. You can control your health, your personal growth, your abundance, and leisure areas.
The external areas of life are those areas you have not much control over -such as your community, your environment, and relationships with other people.
Even though you don't have full control over the external areas, you can definitely influence them. For instance, you do not have control over other people's behavior, actions or life, but you definitely have control over the type of relationship you have with them and even more control over how you want to be treated.
- Internal (areas that you can control)
- Health: Mental, Physical, Emotional
- Growth: Business, Job, Education, Career, Training, Legacy, Purpose
- Abundance: Finances, Investments, Home
- Leisure: Hobbies, Travel, Recreation, Fun, Entertainment
- External (areas that you can influence)
- Relationships: Family, Friends, Business Partners, Co-workers, Co-students
- Community: Neighbors, City, Country, World
- Environment: Animals, Plants, Earth, Recycle
As you may notice, Spirituality is not included above. The reason is because Spirituality is not an area of life; Spirituality is life and it's included in each and every one of the areas listed above.
Spirituality is not a religion. Spirituality is the means you use to reach a state of blissfulness and personal growth. Those means can be a religion, practices, principles, goals, beliefs, thoughts, or the combination of any of them and/or something else. The possibilities are endless.
How I got to my most important life areas
One of the reasons we decided to move, once the opportunity presented itself, was because we wanted to be close to our families. Living in Florida was a great learning experience, but living on the East coast was a bit lonely for us.
And even though we made a few great friendships, there’s nothing like being close to your family. This is now one of my priorities.
During the move, we decided to make it a road trip back to Arizona so we would get to know a few of the cities on the way.
At first I was hesitant because 2000 miles was a bit too overwhelming for me, but I accepted it… and I loved it. We drove about 2000 miles in 10 days, and as you might imagine, we finished exhausted.
We all know that when our bodies are exhausted there is not much protection from illnesses... and that’s what happened, I became sick for about 10 days. So sick that I don't remember feeling like this in so long. And yes, that’s why I couldn’t post an article last week.
My health, not just physical, but also mental and emotional have always been my main priority. That's why I’m a very healthy person and very seldom do I get sick, but driving 2000 miles was not easy for my body. The good news is that I feel better now and I’m ready to continue writing.
Writing to let you know my message is also one of my top 3 priorities right now. I want to make sure you know that you are in control of your life; that you are the one making things happen in your life; that you are the one that calls the shots in your life.
For a few years I gave my power away and it did not feel good at all. Going through that experience was eye opening for me. Once I realized that I was the one in control of my own life, I wanted to make sure I told as many people as possible. That’s my purpose now.
So, my areas of life at this moment, and I hope for a long time, are:
- Health: physical, mental and emotional
- Relationships: family and friends
- Growth: purpose and education
This does not mean that I don’t care about other areas, I do and very much so, but when talking about priorities, these are my top 3.
Your top 3 areas of life don’t have to be fixed all your life. They change as your experiences and priorities change. But as you get older it is most likely that don’t change that much anymore because by this time you might already know what you really want.
How to pick your top three areas of life:
- Imagine yourself as if you are functioning as a metal detector that beeps when it finds metal underground.
- Look at each one of the areas of life listed above, and as if you are the metal detector, feel when your body "beeps" (reacts) as you look at each one of them.
- Pick the first one, and then repeat step 2 to find the other two.
You don’t have to stop and do other things from other areas in order to focus only on your new top 3. In some cases that might be impossible since they might be interrelated.
The main purpose of this exercise is so you get involved in your top three areas until you feel content and happy with the developing of them. Once you get to that point, you can put more time and effort to other areas as you feel it’s necessary for you to feel good, while fulfilling your goals and dreams.
Do you know your top 3 now?