The role of core values
Several months ago, I wrote a post about the benefits of having core values in life. The key components that act as guiding lights for you in times of decision. They are not a list to tuck away or a static activity that you do once and feel temporary better. Treat them like a map, or compass or GPS: maintain a connection with them by checking in regularly and assess your path.
The world is full of distractions and it’s easy to sway off our course without even realizing it. You wouldn’t go for a hike into an unknown forest without a map or even a drive in a new city without a guide of some sort. So why go through life without your own set of principles and values that you deem as vital for you?
Using your core values
In my own life, I have spent a great deal of time crafting the following components as my core values:
- realistic about my thoughts
- evolving (marriage)
- engaging (work)
- fueling (yoga and personal growth)
- understanding (self)
When I’m at a decision making point OR in a situation that I’m not enjoying, I refer to this guide. This compilation of values that I consider vital to a life well lived, has to be satisfied and when it’s not, that’s when I feel emotions like stress, anxiety and uncomfortableness. It’s from the comparison between my core values and my reality that I know when I’m out of alignment.
Start today and map out where you want to go in life, and draw your map of values and principles that will get you there.
If not, are you willing to accept any final destination?