I’ve had people say, “What are my values? And why would I need to know them?”
If you want your life to be fulfilling and less stressful, then you want to be doing what resonates with you as a person. When you understand what your core values are, you can make choices that are in alignment with what’s important to you. The end result is you have more ease in your life.
If you don’t know what your values are, you’re liable to find yourself heading in the wrong direction and struggling to find happiness. You’ll feel at odds with your life or career choice if your values don’t line up with what you’re doing. If you don’t know what your core values are, you’ll be making decisions in your life that aren’t necessarily in your best interest.
What exactly are values?
If family is important to you and you’re offered a job all the way across the country or overseas, this goes against one of your core values. But if freedom, adventure, or financial stability are also important, then, depending on the job, you might consider it. If the job were only a 2 yr stint with great pay and the chance to travel, it might be a fit. When you determine which of these values are more important than the others, you can make the best decision. You might be more willing to do something short term, if it matches some of your values, but not all of them.
“What are my values and how do I define them?”
You can begin to make a list of what you consider your values. Don’t worry about placing them in any particular order. Once you have the list, then you can go back and determine which ones are at the top of your list. By doing this, you’ll then have a blueprint of what’s important to you. When faced with a decision, you’ll have a better understanding with what lines up with your true needs and beliefs.
List of Values
- Being fit
- Eating health
- Have peacefulness in your life
- Going after challenges
- Spending time in nature
- Helping others