Making Time for Your Anchors While Navigating Life
Everyone has anchors in life they prioritize and make decisions based off of, whether you realize it or not. These anchors are crucial to building a strong foundation for our lives.
I’ve spent a lot of time examining the inner and outer workings of the world around me. So much of what’s happening around us is because of what’s happening inside of us.
Anchors in life
Everyone needs anchors they can run to in their lives. I’m talking about the people, places or things that ground you in who you are and help you make wise choices. These are the things that give you purpose in life that you will always come back to when you’re in a tough place or while making a decision.
While it’s not a difficult concept to grasp, and you probably have anchors without even realizing it, like I did, I had no idea how important and crucial it was for making decisions and staying grounded to visit these anchors frequently.
My honey first introduced me to this a few years ago. He explained that anchors work in a few different ways for the good of your purpose.
An anchor is a person, place or thing that is something positive and solid in your life. It’s your why and your reason for being. It’s the reason you get up and go every single day.
The purpose of anchors
It may even be a symbol you run to when you need hope. The purpose of having anchors is to help you stay grounded, make decisions and navigate through life. These are the things that you consider when making every decision.
They are the things that you consider when you’re happy, sad or need solidarity. Anchors are the constant in your life and are always there no matter what.
My anchors are my family, faith, health and personal fulfillment. Every decision I make, every prayer I speak or every move I take, these anchors are the driving force. Of course, some of these have been my anchors my whole life.
Family and faith are at the foreground of every decision I make. I ask myself how it will affect each if I were to act on the decision. How would it affect them today, tomorrow or a year from now?
I could quickly answer that my family and faith were my reason why, the purpose behind everything I do. But over time, I realized how important (and fragile) health can be as well as personal fulfillment.
Take a time out
It’s easy to live in the “now” with social media and the instant gratification world we live in. It’s harder to break away and take time to carefully think, research and sort out decisions in life.
Think about the last time you stayed off social media for a day and enjoyed the world around you. Do you remember when it didn’t even exist? What did you do then? Take a day to pull away, get outside and take in the world around you.
Summary – Anchors in life
I challenge you to ask yourself – what are your anchors? What do you make decisions based off of? What is your go to one liner that helps you stay centered and focused? Aka – what are the impacts to my anchors now and in the future?
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