Empower yourself by not only connecting, but also aligning your life (and that includes life at work) with your core values.
In my experience finding out or rediscovering what my personal values are was one of the most important steps in my personal growth. If I think back at the person, I was before I reconnected with them… ‘a loose cannon’ comes to mind.
I had lots of things in place, lots of boxes ticked but at the same time my life was not making me happy. I was not satisfied let alone had anything even remotely close to inner peace.
Once I discovered what is truly important to, what nurtures me, what allows me to feel like myself and grow into my skin then my life started changing.
The reason being that I felt I had a foundation to live life from. I noticed my values are the bricks to my foundation, they are what grounds me. It was so exciting to find out that these values are part of me, inside of me and always there. Living in alignment with them does not actually cost me anything. There is a ‘cost’, this comes in the form of time. I take time to nurture them, to feel strong and fully in my personal power. I feel my inner light is shining.
To give you some examples: I found out that one of my values is open communication. Without this I do not truly find comfort. Lacking clarity is acceptable only if there simply is no clarity available at that moment in time. Consequently, I accept that there is no clarity possible. I reduce my wish to know more ... and accept not knowing is my reality at that moment in time.
Another value is Nature. It is very important to me to be able to access it easily. Even when I have lived in big cities, or travel to them, the first place I look for is a park.
I always check out where I can go for an early morning walk.
Being in nature revitalizes me, allows me to breathe and to start the day with a clear mind. If that is not possible plan B is do some stretches and observe the sky or whatever is growing nearby in a pot, window box or even a weed that found its way through the cracks in the sidewalk.
These are examples of two of my personal core values and what actions I have learned to take to be true to them.
I work with a variety of people dealing with a variety of concerns holding their lives back.One of the exercises I find most empowering is guiding them to find out what their core values are and how to align their lives with what is important to them. Not what family, friends, partners, society, gurus, or the media deem important but what is truly of value to them personally … deep down inside, in their hearts.
“You have your power when you live in alignment with your personal values. This means living with respect for yourself, being true to yourself and what is important to you.”The benefits of connecting to your core values and aligning your life with them will be joy, energy, motivation, focus, reaching goals, happiness and my personal favourite inner peace and inner calm.
“Let us reflect on what is truly of value in life
What gives meaning to your life
And set your priorities based on that”
Article by Suzie Doscher, Life Coaching for Personal Growth and Development, Executive Coach and Self-Help Author of 'BALANCE - A Practical Handbook for Life's Difficult Moments'.
Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you ready to find out what your core values are. The Core Values Process involves 2 sessions with some homework between the two.
For leaders or newly appointed leaders: This is also an insightful process to go through with the focus on on leadership skills. It allows you to adopt your leadership style.
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