An important element of deliberately creating and manifesting your ideal life is clarity. Identifying your values will help you to get clear on the essence of what you want and will serve as the foundation for living your very best life.
“Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.” – Mahatma Gandhi
What Are Values?
Values are beliefs or convictions that guide your behavior and support your purpose and vision. Your values define who you are. They highlight what you stand for and represent your unique, individual essence.
Why Clarifying Your Values Matters
Your values play an enormous role in shaping your life. As you were growing up, many of your values were passed on to you from your parents. Others were picked up from influential people in your life, environmental influences, personal experiences, and everyday conversations.
When you have an awareness of what is really important to YOU, it’s much easier to gravitate towards projects and relationships that bring you joy. Choosing your own personal values will help to guide you in making decisions and staying focused on your path. Your values relate to your purpose in life and act as a compass to keep you on course. They take you in the direction of living your very best life.
Your values help you to:
- Navigate your priorities to make decisions easier
- Stay in alignment with your intentions
- Avoid confusion and inner conflict
- Be clear on relationship compatibility
- Live a more satisfying, fulfilling life
As you move through life, your values will shift and evolve. Reevaluate your values regularly to keep you in alignment with your true nature and the life you want to create for yourself.
Having an understanding of why establishing your values is important is just the first step. The next step is to spend some time actually discovering and defining what these values are, and writing them down. It may be challenging to hone in on your top values, but it is worth taking the time if you want to live a more joyful, satisfying life.
The following process will help you to clarify your values:
Take some time to identify and list the values that you feel are most important to you. You can use one or both of the following resources:
- PDF List of Values
- The Value Test: http://www.value-test.com/ This is an automated online tool that helps you decide what is most important to you.
I recommend writing your values list down in a journal. You may want to review them from time to time to be sure your current list still resonates with you. If not, it’s time to adjust them to reflect your growing self.
I am clear on what my values are and always make decisions that are in alignment with my greatest joy.
What are your core values? Please share in the comments below.