All our Reboot programs are based around increasing self-awareness as we wholeheartedly believe that self-awareness is the catalyst to change. When you can name your values, you get awareness about what is driving your life and where you are in your own personal development.
With increased self-awareness, you can begin to make conscious choices about how you live and experience your life.
There are benefits to choosing and knowing your values. Some of these include:
- Reducing stress
- Making better decisions
- Finding environments and people that support your aspirations
- Increasing joy and happiness
- Supporting your growth and development
- Helping in times of conflict or confusion
- Growing contribution and value
- Providing motivation
VALUES CAN CHANGE OVER A LIFETIME
Values don’t necessarily stay the same over our lifetime. They reflect the needs you have at different stages in your life and as life circumstances change.
When you are just getting started in your career, you may be more focused on values that reflect your physical needs of home and financial security, and your emotional needs of relationship and self‑esteem.
As a middle-aged person our values may lead us toward inner reflection, using tools such as psychotherapy and meditation.
When you are more established and financially secure, or even ready to retire, you may have more time to give back to your community by focusing on values that give your life a deeper sense of purpose and meaning.
By looking at how your values change over time, you get a picture of how you have evolved in your life.
CREATING YOUR OWN LIST OF VALUES
There are exhaustive lists of values to be found online by conducting a basic google search. Making a list of those that stand out as more important or more meaningful to you is a great place to start.
If you’d like to dig deeper and get more personal, here is a list of questions that our clients respond well to and that may shed some light on what you value.
- What do I look for in a friend or spouse?
- What do I look for in a mentor or guide?
- What qualities would I expect to see in the best version of myself?
- How do I interact with people, and how do I treat them?
- What qualities in my parents, grandparents, and ancestors do I admire?
- What choices have I made in the past that made me proud?
ALIGNING WITH YOUR VALUES
It’s not always easy to make your actions align with your values. Anything from force of habit to seeking immediate gratification can make us forget our good intentions and act in ways that don’t reflect our values.
There are many actions you can take to help you change your reactions and live more consciously in accordance with your values. Here are a few you can get started with.
- Get into a routine of reading your list of values each morning when you wake up.
- Visualise the day ahead and plan out how you’ll live by your values throughout the day.
- Whenever you find yourself straying from your values, assess the situation and ask yourself what you could have done differently.
We all have our own personal values, and they can be quite different. While we’ve given several examples within this article, your unique and personal values can be whatever you say they are.
If nothing else, we hope you’ve made a start on your list of what your own personal values are. You can now use them as a checklist to make better choices and do a better job of living and working in alignment with your values.
(Identifying your values is a module within all Reboot programs – you can check them out here