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When you live in alignment with your values, the quality of your life improves. Your values are a reflection of what makes you, you. At a simplistic level, your values are your brand.
Benefits of Understanding Your Values
Reduces stress: When you are not living in synch with what is important to you, it’s similar to living in a state of constant conflict. You are doing one thing but always want to do something else. This can create frustration, anger and eventually stress.
Better decision making: When you understand what your core values are, decision making is more straight forward. This does not mean that it will always be easy, but you will know what is right for you.
Clear Priority Setting: Understanding your values means that when multiple things are calling for your attention, you are in a better position to determine what takes priority.
If you’re not sure how to identify your values, consider those things that make your life meaningful. When have you been your happiest or most satisfied? When are you utterly engaged? What are you doing? Who are you with? Chances are whatever that thing was, it was in alignment with your values.
If you are not sure what your values are take a look at the exercise below.
Exercise 1 – Which Words Feel Right?
Below is a list of 200+ words. Go through the list to choose those words that you feel reflect your values. Once you have done that, condense your list to 20 values. Do this two more times, always halving the number until you come up with 5 values. It will be difficult but try. If you simply can’t imagine not having something on your list, then it reflects one of your core values. Obviously, you can have more than five core values, but the exercise is a great way to identify what’s really important to you.
Tip: When considering the list think about what you stand for; what do you choose to chase, defend and more importantly act on? The answer to these questions gives you some insight into what you value.
If there is something important to you but it’s not on the list, then add it.
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