If values are what makes you YOU, decisions are how they come to life in practice. 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.
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.
What is one of your core values? How is this driving what you are looking to achieve? How can you incorporate this into your decision-making processes?
As you are lining up this new year, it is a good idea to (re)connect with your values. Explore your values and how they can help you make better decisions, lead a happier, more productive and more fulfilled life and have more impact as a leader. We are going to explore this in bite-sized chunks one day at a time.
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