Values. . .
There’s so much power in understanding what your values are — they can help you make decisions, guide your work, and help you live a happier life. But how can you think about your values in an intentional way?
- Step 1: Find your values. Your values aren’t hiding. Even if you haven’t vocalized them, they’re a reflection of the most important aspects of your life. To identify yours, reflect on what’s important to you, create a list of the top three things, and rank them if you can.
- Step 2: Define your values. Write down what each of the values you identified really means to you, and try to keep your definition as short as possible — you want to be able to easily remember your values and how you define them. Ask yourself: If somebody were to wake me in the middle of the night and ask me to define my values, could I answer?
- Step 3: Use your values. You’ll know you have identified your values and truly defined them once you find yourself looking at the world around you through the framework of your values. One way to practice using your values is to reflect on a situation that’s frustrating you. Ask yourself: What is lurking behind my frustration? Is one of my values not being met?
Enlightened understanding is spiritual if we understand spirituality not as some kind of religious dogma or ideology but as the domain of values where we experience truth, goodness, beauty, love, compassion, and insight.
Peace and Love, Jim