Your values are one of the things that make you YOU, it’s the stuff you live by, whether you are conscious of it or not. They help you figure out what right and wrong or better or worse look and feel like. They are also among the drivers of happiness (when fulfilled and respected) and your own bespoke version of hell when they are not.
Some thoughts on values and fulfillment here.
You are striving to reach a goal (several, probably). Is there a connection between your values and the goal you are working towards? It is infinitely powerful when that clicks. You want that to click. That’s where the magic comes in, where your goals and subsequently your life are starting to feel more and more like you.
Sometimes people try to segment personal vs. professional values. Some thoughts on this here.
Sometimes our core values can seem to be conflicting with one another (creativity vs. safety for example).
The quickest way to identify your core values is by looking at pain and discomfort. More here.
Values are the most powerful way of sense-checking where you are heading. If you choose option A, what does that do to your top 5 values? “Integrity” is one of mine, and is one of the key filters I run decisions through. If Integrity gets affected significantly, that is not a decision I want to be making as I am not likely to be happy actually living with the consequences. “Freedom” is another strong one, and I tend to be happier with decisions that increase my “elbow room” versus the ones that don’t. Whenever I found myself in gnarly, uncomfortable places, it was usually in violation of one of my core values. They are great indicators. Listen to them.
This week is International Coaching Week https://coachfederation.org/events/international-coaching-week . This is a good time to highlight what coaching is, what sorts of topics it can help with and what sorts of things can happen in a coaching process. I also want to give you practical things you can use immediately to help you on your journey. Enjoy the prompts. And if you would like to continue, get in touch.
Want to go deeper? Check out the values worksheet here.