What you will learn:
- A step-by-step process for stimulating and prioritizing your personal values
- Explain the process of living with integrity to your values
It may be common to set goals however sometimes goals are lost in our every day routine in life, if we familiarise ourselves with what is important to us then consciously we begin to make decisions in life ultimately working towards them.
Why we should learn this?
Values are important, they give us direction, clarity and focus. Discovering our values can improve the results we get in certain areas of our life. Foremost, values are important because:
- Time is our most limited resource; we could either waste our day investing time into actions that don’t produce the results we want or we could make the most of this time and invest it into something that matters.
- Priorities matter; so we don’t drift off course resulting in poor decisions and results.
What does the word Values mean?
Values are priorities that tell you how to spend your time, right here, right now.
Why is it important to prioritize your Values?
Because you can’t do everything at once, you have to prioritize what is precious to you.
Now let’s begin...
NOTE: Preferably a list should range from 10-15 values. The idea is to cut out the marginal ones but still have enough values to continue to reach your goals.
Steps to prioritizing values:
- Identify the top Value
- Identify the second highest value
- And so on
The answer to this is getting the number one value at the top of your list and the least value at the bottom of your list. If this is proving difficult to prioritise your values try inventing a scenario for each value and then comparing those scenarios.
A prioritized example:
So, what type of person might this be? Being compassionate, healthy and fulfilling happiness is the type of life they may want to live at this point
Lets say we prioritize the example in the opposite order..
So what type of person might this be? Succeeding and becoming wealthy might be more important to this person than personal relationships.
So just a refreshment; by prioritising your values consciously, you’ll be able to rely on them when you need to make important decisions in the future. However, this list will only tell you the values that have previously been conditioned to you either by your upbringing or by society.
Re-examining your values
You may want to re-examine your values regularly, you can change your values as you please. You may wish to do so once you understand and accept where your current values are taking you, they may stop challenging you, and thus you may now value something else that takes you further into the “best” possible life for you. An example of this is when your current value may be to lose 10kjs and once you have reached that you may focus on a different value while still maintaining your weight.
If you keep living by your current values you can expect to receive similar results. Thus, by changing your values ideally every 3-6 months, you change your behaviour and therefore your results.
Changing your values may require you to repeat the step-by-step process above. Again think about what is truly most important to you. As stated previously, some values may have to be more important to you than others but once fulfilled you can begin to focus on the others and so on.
Take travelling the world as an example, you may go into working mode thus saving money for travel but once travelled to specific satisfactory destinations, your values may shift and you now may wish to focus on building a career.
Overall, Use your goals to help you set your values; using values is a far simpler way to help you achieve your goals in the first place. Taking an example such as the ship analogy makes this distinction very clear. Before you can set a course for your ship, you must first determine the port where it will dock. If you set the course without knowing the destination then you will experience huge amount of frustration trying to get your ship to dock where you feel it should.
Posted by Oceane Branson