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How to Know What Really Matters to You

I don’t want to know what you would do if money were no object. I want to know what you will do when money actually is an object. I don’t want to know how you react when things are free. I want to know how you react when things are expensive.

I don’t want to hear about what fires you up. I want to see what sustains you when you’re the one who gets tossed into the fire. I don’t want to know what you stand for. I want to know what makes you stay in the ring when life knocks the wind out of you.

I don’t want to know about your passions. I want to know about your priorities.

Passion is about what turns you on, what fires you up, and what makes you come alive. Priority is about what you do when life forces you to choose between convenience and conviction.

It’s a useful exercise to contemplate what you would do if your actions didn’t cost you anything, but that will only get you to the starting line. If you want to make it to the finish line, don’t just find something fun to do. Find something that’s worth doing even when it’s not fun or free. Don’t just think about what you would say “yes” to if you knew you could have it all. Think about what you would fight for if you knew it would cost you everything.

The latter will tell you much more about what really matters to you.

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