The past 18 months have been a rollercoaster ride for most of us, and the uncertainty of life has caused many of us to question what we truly value in life; whether it be family, friends, connection, nature or even our work.
Values are important because they guide our beliefs, attitudes and behaviour. We are not always aware of our values, but knowing what they are can help you more easily make decisions that are right for you, such as taking the job that has good opportunities for variety, change and spontaneity.
Values help you make decisions; they can be like a moral compass always bringing you back to centre and connection to your integrity. When faced with a decision you need to make or an opportunity you are presented with or a relationship you are considering entering ask yourself:
“Does this situation or experience align with my values ?
Do I get a good feeling in my heart and body about this experience?”
If it’s not a fully body F%*K yes then its a NO. Start living a high quality life and only accept behaviours and opportunities that make you GLOW.
I have been revisiting my own values this week – as we evolve, grow and change, sometimes our values change too – things that used to seem important now seem ridiculous – this is completely ok – life is all about flow, change and adapting. I have identified my top 3 values in life as: health, time, and connection.
This week I invite you to set aside some time, connect with yourself, and use the action points below to help you identify your top 3 values in life.
Identify the times in your life you have felt your happiest. What were you doing at this time? Who was around you? Where were you?
Identify the times in your life you have felt proud of yourself. What were you doing that incited this feeling of pride? Who celebrated this with you?
Identify the times in your life you felt fulfilled and satisfied. What need or desire was fulfilled? What was happening in your life that allowed you to feel meaning?
Outline your top values based on your highlighted happiness, pride and fulfillment. Aim to begin with identifying 3 values from the list below (you can build on this over time).
Honour your values in your daily life. You can simply keep these in mind, or you can write them down and keep them somewhere to remind yourself of your core values as you navigate the ups and downs of life.
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