EXPLORING YOUR PERSONAL VALUES

WHAT ARE PERSONAL VALUES?

Your values are the things that you believe are important in the way you live and work. They (should) determine your priorities and they’re probably the measures you use to tell if your life is turning out the way you want it to.

A list of common personal values is provided below.

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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IN SUMMARY

Identifying and understanding your values is a challenging but important exercise. Your personal values are a central part of who you are – and who you want to be.

By becoming more aware of these important factors in your life, you can use them as a guide to make the best choice in any situation. Some of life’s decisions are really about determining what you value most.

When many options seem reasonable, it’s helpful and comforting to rely on your values – and use them as a strong guiding force to point you in the right direction.

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TASK 6: THE VOICES

  • What was your internal dialogue like?
  • What were the voices in your head saying?
  • Were they mean? Were they positive or negative?
  • Describe what you noticed.

TASK 5: THE SOUND

TASK 4: THE SIGHT AND SMELL

TASK 3: THE TASTE

TASK 2: THE TALK

TASK 1: THE WALK

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