“Since every man is obliged to promote happiness and virtue, he should be careful not to mislead unwary minds, by appearing to set too high a value upon things by which no real excellence is conferred.” Samuel Johnson
To help you get clear, get into action, to achieve your values and to be able to live in a state of happy consciousness grounded in your values, here is a values clarification exercise. Below is a list of common personal values. Steps you can take to get clear about your values follow this list. The list of values presented here is not an exhaustive list; you may find that there are some values important to you that are missing, please feel free to add those to list. I would love to know what those are, please send me an email at inmotion (dot) danahar (at) yahoo (dot) com and let naming those values.
Making a difference
Moving things forward
Quality of work
Four steps to get clear about your values.
- Print off, or copy the above list of values. Circle the ten most important to you.
- List your top 10 values separate piece of paper or page.
- Circle your top five values
- Highlight the three values that speak most loudly to you. These are your most deeply held values the ones you just can’t live well and in harmony without. These reflect the core of who you are and what you want in your life.
Now that you are crystal clear about your values here are some questions to consider. Where are these values showing up in your life? How are they showing up? Are you finding them frequently enough? Are you satisfied with how frequently these are showing up in your life? What do you want more of?
In the next part of this series we will explore how you can begin to really make your values work for you. To actively mindfully use them as a resource to make decisions and invite more what you into your life and perhaps decrease the amount of what you don’t want in your life.
I invite you to tell me how this Values clarification exercise worked for you. What did you learn? Have you used other Values clarification exercise?