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If we truly want to feel fulfilled we need to live a life that aligns with our values.
Sometimes we feel dissatisfied and unmotivated for no apparent reason. We have every logical reason to be happy, but something feels just not quite right in our lives. On a subconscious level our mind registers that we’re not living and working congruently with our values, so we have this unsettled, unhappy feeling which is hard to pinpoint to anything specific.
Knowing your personal values is incredibly important as they drive and/or guide your behaviour.
They give your life structure and purpose by helping you determine what is meaningful and important to you.
They help you express who you are and what you stand for.
Your values define your character, and impact every aspect of your life including personal and work behaviours, your interactions with family, friends and co-workers; your decision making processes, and the direction you take in life. This is why it is so important to know what you value and what is important to you.
When we clarify our values, we learn to prioritise what matters most. That way our actions are driven by a sense of purpose. We can then recognise values conflicts in our lives that have been sources of contradiction and ineffectiveness.
So, how do we know what our values are?
Take a blank piece of paper and write down what has been most important to you in your life. Don’t stop before you’ve reached 10 words! There are some suggestions listed underneath this article, but it is much more powerful if you come up with your own values from your own life.
Values are words which access an emotional state. For example:
If you want wealth, the emotion you are seeking may be:
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