Your personal values guide what is important to you in your life, what you stand for, your standards, what you are willing to defend and support. Your values are also evidenced in what you are against.
Our values determine what our priorities are and how we spend our time, so knowing your personal values will help you gain massive clarity, direction, and focus in all areas of your life.
Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values. ~ Dalai Lama
We must identify our personal value so we can understand whether the choices we are making are consistent with those values. Living a life that is inconsistent with your personal values will cause you to have a low sense of self-worth and self-esteem, and will greatly decrease your level of energy, balance, and happiness.
I was once very attracted to a man who said all the right things to me, which really boosted my deflated ego. Being in a relationship with him was so difficult, and I was so miserable! We couldn’t seem to ever agree and we would constantly hurt each other with our choices. I eventually realized that his values were completely different and incompatible with mine, so it was a relief to break up so I could freely follow my own values.
Because our values serve as a roadmap, the compass, the navigational system that guide our choices, and our choices guide our destiny, knowing our values and making them a priority, will help us choose in favor of our purpose.
Understanding your true core values is essential to live a meaningful, intentional, and purposeful life. Let’s elicit some of those values:
- Think of 3 people you admire and respect. What are 3 attributes they possess? Why do you admire these traits?
- If you were in a deserted island, what 3 objects would you bring with you and why?
- If you could give the people in the world 5 things, what would they be and why?
- What are 3 issues that make you angry, frustrated, and depressed? Why do these matters affect you in this way?
- Think of a special moment in your life. What about that moment was most meaningful and important to you?
I know you may be thinking it will take too much time to answer these questions, however, as you take time to get clear, and start living with integrity to your values, you will be able to manage your time in an effective, productive, and fulfilling way! It’s worth it.
Here’s a list of values that you can go through to start thinking which really resonate with you and even wondering which are more of a priority. Feel free to add some that may not be on the list!
List of Personal Values
As you discover your beliefs, your values, and your passions, becoming more self-aware, you can feel peace to know why you made certain choices in the past. Sometimes we beat ourselves up thinking we made a mistake, but we always make the best decision we know to make at the time. This clarity will give you a sense of peace about the past, a roadmap for the present, and a bright outlook for the future. So excited for you! Triple YAY!
Do you know your true core values? Share with us what they are and why they matter so much to you! I’m so grateful for you, my darling!