6 steps to identify your values

So a great life is one where you are living your values. 

That's seems clear enough.  But what about if you don't know what your values are?

Six Steps to Identify Your Values

There are lots of different methods that you can try.  Here's a quick writing exercise you can try. 

But first, let's get clear on what values are: they statements of what means most to you.  Jess Lively describes values as peaceful, present-tense, positive, flexible, innately fulfilling, and enduring.

So, are you ready? 

1. First pick an area of your life that you want to focus on: work, love/relationship or health.

Tip: pick something that you'd like to continue to develop or that is stressing you out.

2. Get yourself a piece of paper and a pen, and a timer set for 10 minutes.  

3. Start the timer and start exploring.  

What is really important for you in this area of your life?  And why is it important?    

Don't worry about editing at this stage.  Just get it out on paper.

4. Get up, have a stretch, do a dance or a shake, and then sit back down again.  

5. Look over what you wrote.  Notice any patterns or themes?

6. Identify a max of four values in this area of your life. 

I like to write a sentence using my values to help me remember them.  My work one is:

I curiously explore and courageously experiment

 

How did you get on?  

Posted on May 4, 2017 .