Updated: Aug 5, 2020
I am a firm believer that we have one life to live. That it is our obligation to ourselves to show up and be our best version. To dream big, push ourselves to our limits and see what we are capable of.
Every day we are faced with choices; some are easy, others not so much. Having an understanding of what your values are will help guide you when making decisions.
When You Have a Clear Idea of Your Values, You Will Find These Things Easier
Speaking up for something you feel strongly about
Stop pleasing others around you, feeling more confident to say “No”
Setting and achieving goals
How to Define Your Values
You may already have a sense of what your values are. Before you start, I want you to ask yourself these three questions:
What values do I currently live by that makes me happy?
What choices have I made that have made me feel uncomfortable?
In the end, how do I want people to remember me?
Highlight values that you identify with
Narrow your list down to 10 values
Again, narrow your list down to 5
And again, to 2 values
*Its ok to google the definition of the words. I did, and I found the process insightful!
**I also came across this survey at www.viacharacter.org to help define my values.
How to Practice Your Values
Living by your values sounds easy in theory. Practicing them, on the other hand, can be a little bit more complicated. Here are some tips to help you live more consciously with your values:
Every morning, write what your values are: either on your day planner or journal
Once a week read the definitions of your values
Create a vision board around what your values look like to you
Have your values be the background on your cell phone or computer
Read books based on your values
Watch YouTube videos based on your values
Keep in mind, that practicing living by your values is like everything else. You will have days when you rock it and other days when all you want to do is crawl under a rock. You will soar to places you never thought possible. Just be patient with yourself when you make mistakes. That is normal!
Be brave my friend