WHY ARE PERSONAL VALUES IMPORTANT?
When the things that you do match your values, life is usually good – you’re satisfied and content.
Living a life unaligned with your personal values feels… wrong. And this can be a source of unhappiness. This is why making a conscious effort to identify your values is so important.
Life can be much easier when you make plans and decisions that honor your values.
When you know your own values, you can use them to make decisions about how to live your life, and you can answer questions like:
- What job should I pursue?
- Should I start my own business?
- Should I compromise, or be firm with my position?
- Should I follow tradition, or travel down a new path?
Take the time to understand the real priorities in your life, and you’ll be able to determine the best direction for you and your life goals!
VALUES CHANGE AS YOU MOVE THROUGH LIFE
Values remain fairly stable but also don’t have strict limits or boundaries. As you move through life, your values may change.
For example, when you start your career, success – measured by money, status, and recognition – might be a top priority. But after you have a family, work-life balance may be what you value more.
As your definition of success changes, so do your personal values.
This is why keeping in touch with your values is a lifelong exercise. You should continuously revisit this, especially if you start to feel unbalanced… and you can’t quite figure out why. When you define your personal values, you discover what’s truly important to you.
Next, we will go through six (6) steps that will help you identify your personal values…
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