When I coach devotees, we look at the things they spend most of their time on, and compare them to the things they really want. Do you think the two are aligned? ALMOST NEVER!
If your current priorities are fully aligned with what matters most to you, then congratulations! You are probably a happy and balanced person.
If your current priorities are significantly "out of sinc" with what's REALLY important to you, you are probably very busy, constantly rushing, a little stressed, and when you get what you are chasing - it's never enough! You turn around and go: "NEXT!". This is because we can never get enough of what we don't really want.
The "Things We Chase" list often includes: money, fame, recognition, power, position, responsibility, achievement, big house, car, more time.
The "Things we REALLY want" list often includes: spiritual advancement, love, adventure, peace, security, creativity, expression, freedom.
If you still think you really want something on the first list ... think again. Ask yourself: "When I get the car/house/promotion/money ... what will I have then?" You'll probably find the answer on the second list. So why is it we spend our time on the first list, and not directly on the second?
One seminar attendee said "We believe that if we get the things we're chasing - money, recognition, etc. - then we'll have the love, peace, security, etc. - things we REALLY want. But does it really work that way?
WHY NOT GO STRAIGHT FOR THE GOOD STUFF?
Go straight for spiritual advancement, love, adventure, security, peace, or something else, and get OFF the treadmill.
Action: Re-assess your priorities!
Ask yourself: "What's ONE thing I want more of in my life?" Really! If an angel
floated down and said you get ONE thing, or more of one thing you already have, and nothing else in life, what would you pick? Is it money? Power? Fame? Love? Adventure? Peace? Full self expression? Or maybe spiritual advancement?
What do you spend your time chasing? If you value spiritual advancement or "strong friendships" most, do you actively work on your advancement or build and strengthen your friendships, or do you spend your time working on making more cash?
Try the "death bed test": imagine lying on your death bed looking back at your life. Will your current set of priorities - the things you're NOW chasing - allow you to look back on your life and smile, knowing you lived your best life, you did your best to please Krsna?
If you're aligned - congratulations! If not, now is the time to write down HOW you will realign. What are you willing to give up to realign? Specifically what is the action you will take?
Perhaps this example will help. Suppose you've been spending too much time chasing recognition or money, and you're now realigning towards spiritual advancement and health. What's the maximum number of hours you'll work each week, and what EXACTLY will you do now during those saved hours that supports your spiritual advancement and health?