Values are unique to each of use. They bring meaning to our values and help us answer the question: what really matters to me and what kind of person do I want to be – what do I want to stand for?
Values aren’t goals. Goals are things that can be achieved, ticked off a list. Values on the other hand are ongoing.
There are many ways to start clarifying what your own unique set of values are. Your values are unique to you and it is worth pondering what matters to you. We can be easily persuaded to fill our day with important and busy work… but if it doesn’t align with our values, we will find ourselves exhausted at the end of the day, and missing that sense of satisfaction and fulfilment that comes when our actions align with our values.
I was recently reminded that listing out values is not enough. Values really need to be like a verb, a doing word.
Values require action. You need to do, act and feel, to enjoy the sense of fulfilment and the richness in life that comes from living aligned with your values.
So how do I make the leap from a list of values to the embodied action of living my values?
Here are 4 steps you can start with:
Identify action that is aligned with your values
Knowing how to harness your values can be a great source of strength and motivation, if you'd like to know more about how to do this in your life, contact me for a chat!