Are you leading a life that reflects your core values? If you aren’t, you may find it difficult to feel fulfilled or to have a real sense of purpose and meaning.
What are core values?
These are the things that are most important to us, the things we believe in and want to experience most in life. When we get caught up habits and routines that conform to the expectations of our boss, our society, even our family, we can sometimes move away from living a life that reflects our true self. Core values are different for each person and we usually have a number of them that are necessary for expressing who we are as an individual.
Why are they important?
Getting clear on our personal values allows us to take actions that line up with what’s important to us, rather than to someone else. We need to be expressing our own core values in order to live a life that feels vital and meaningful.
How do I know what my core values are?
Try answering the following questions and see what your answers reveal:
1. What are the things you love to do?
eg. reading, singing, having coffee with friends, swimming in the ocean, sleeping in
2. What are the things that are important on a daily basis?
eg. being organised, feeling like you belong, helping others, having time out
3. What were the things you loved as a child?
eg. visiting my grandparents, playing with my dog, going camping
4. What do you consider your most meaningful accomplishments?
eg. getting my degree, raising a family, travelling the world
5. What are you good at? (ask others for help on this one if you need to!)
eg. adapting to new situations, using computers, saving money
6. What am I to others?
eg. a good listener, the life of the party
7. What qualities do I need to be expressing to be happy?
eg. an active social life, a creative hobby, good nutrition, living in luxury
8. Now ask yourself what core values arise from these answers?
eg. creativity, inspiring others, being in nature, learning new things, having beautiful surroundings
9. How will you bring more of these things into your life?
When I first did this activity, I identified my core values as kindness, creativity, faith, animals & nature, and courage.
Some of these were missing from my life at the time so I worked to bring more of them into my daily activities. Sometimes it was as simple as doing some sketching while I was in front of the tv, taking a friend’s dogs to the park, or making some green juice. These small things made me happier than I ever expected – it’s amazing what tiny steps can make a difference to our level of fulfilment and sense of purpose!
I would love to hear what values you identified and how you might bring more of them into your life. Click on the comments link above or in the box below to share what’s important to you.Share