Part 1: How to define your values, wants and needs so you can create a road-map and mindset that is crucial to defining who you are, where you want to go, and the vision to succeed.
“Values are who we are. Not who we would like to be, not who we think we should be, but who we are in our lives, right now. Another way to put it is that values represent our unique and individual essence, our ultimate and most fulfilling form of expressing and relating. Our values serve as a compass pointing out what it means to be true to oneself. When we honor our values on a regular and consistent basis, life is good and fulfilling.” (Ref: Co-Active Coaching, 2nd Ed.)
Your Values will resonate deeply within you and define who you are, as a person. They are your anchor, your sail, and your rudder as your traverse the seas in your life, career or business journey.
Your Values will also change over time – or their order of relevance will alter. This is normal as life never remains the same and you are not standing still. It’s therefore important that you check in from time to time to see if the path you continue on is still aligned with who you are.
Your Values also play a huge impact on your entire life and endeavors.
Why? Because your values are what make you jump out of bed with vigor and excitement! Think about it. If you are in a business (or job) where your heart just isn’t in it, then it’s hard to jump out of bed, excited to start the day, wouldn’t you agree?
When we lose passion for what we are doing in our life, then it usually comes back to a misalignment with what we believe in and what we hold close to our hearts – which in turn, equates to our Values.
Only once you have defined your Values you can then identify your wants and needs – what matters to you, what motivates you both in your personal and work life. Once defined, you can then create your roadmap based on your wants and needs and identify the route which closely matches your Values.
Choosing the path you wish to travel without first defining your values, wants and needs is akin to embarking on the holiday of your life without a map and without first giving consideration to where you want to go, how you’re going to get there, and the “style” of holiday you would like to enjoy.
It might be exciting at first to be on a trip with no itinerary or map, but after awhile it would wear a little thin when you get lost all the time and end up in places you don’t really like. The holiday of a lifetime may turn into the holiday of disasters and you would be miserable!
Well, your life journey is just the same. Once you have discovered your Values and what matters to you, then you can step out with a vision to find your life’s work or start a business that is aligned with who you are, so you can truly live life with passion and purpose and embark on a journey that is fulfilling.
I’d like to challenge you in spending some time in evaluating who you are and what matters to you. Download the Values Worksheet to help you in defining your Values. I recommend you print it out so you can work on it.
Remember, you are not standing still; you are always evolving, so take the time now to go through the Worksheet, even if you feel you know your Values well. You may be delighted at what you discover. 😀
To your success!