It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are. ~Roy Disney
We have all these core value areas in our lives, and to varying degrees some areas are more developed or important to us:
- physical self-care and health
- leisure and play
- work and career
- personal growth and education
- self-kindness and compassion
Many of these areas overlap with each other and can not be separated.
So look at each of the areas and ask yourself:
Is this area important to you? Answer with a yes or a no.
If the answer is yes, how satisfied are you with your life in this area?
Rate this area on a scale from 0 to 10, where 0 means it needs your active attention and 10 means you are 100% satisfied with how that area is in your life.
Listen to the small still voice and trust yourself to know what the answer is.
What is your gut telling you?
Take your time going through each of the areas.
You will know what is best for you.
Why take the time to do this exercise?
If you identify your values but you don’t live by them, you may find yourself in trouble like I was.
In my last post I mentioned the trouble that had manifested because of a career that didn’t suit me. It conflicted with my values of having a creative and flexible career. Now that I finally came to terms with with that I am not having negative difficulties around my career.
I love having a flexible work schedule where I can set my own hours. Working 40 hours a week in one location never fit well with me.
Without knowing our values in regards to personal growth we are no good to anyone, especially our selves.
The best thing we can do for ourselves and those around us is to find out what is most important to us – our values- and find a way to honor those values.