Why knowing our values is a #GameChanger
Have you ever thought about what guides you through life? What helps you to make decisions and take action? Now imagine going through life with a compass to guide you through uncertain terrain!
Many of us will cruise through life, figuring out what we want to have, what we want to achieve and who we want in our lives. Some of us will do this consciously whilst others, it’s more a gut feeling or perhaps life just moved in that way (more of an unconscious manner).
So what have VALUES got to do with this?
Values are the foundation of who and what we represent as person. Knowing what your values are, gives you an insight to who YOU are. Understanding our values will show us what our needs are and how we can meet them for our self.
However, if you’re not aware of your own set of values, then it’s like you’re flying solo in the middle of the amazon – without a map. Our values are like our own internal compass. When we get lost or go through a challenging time, it’s our values that keep us aligned. It’s our values that allow each part of ourselves to work together emotionally, physically and mentally. Even though, your motivation may be flat or you can’t figure out which direction to move into next – all parts of yourself are on the same page.
Now that’s how our values work as a compass.
A simple method to work out your top 6 values:
- Write down a whole bunch of values that are important to you e.g. communication, love, respect, growth, friendship, certainty – up to 20 maximum
- Circle 10 values that you really like
- Take the bottom 4 out and you are left with 6 values now
- Place your 6 values in order from 1 – 6
- Write them out on your wardrobe or bathroom mirror and read them everyday
By reading your values daily, you become more and more familiar with what’s important to you in life. All parts of your life, with your family, friends, colleagues and career. Making decisions becomes easier when you have alignment between your physical, mental and emotional aspects of yourself.
Our personal values set the benchmark of who we are. Instead of compromising on who and want you want out of life, you step into knowing and understanding what drives and fulfils you. Understanding that our values represent our own internal compass, well now that’s a game changer!
To go more indepth on your values, you can read the next steps here