The arrival of summer means that 2013 is half over. It is the perfect time to reconnect with what you wanted to accomplish this year and what you would like to do in the second half. More than likely this will require you to take action, and taking action always involves making decisions. A common desire of my clients is to know that they are making good decisions quickly and easily. How can we do this given the amount of information coming our way and our constant state of overwhelm? By reconnecting with your Core Values.
As I work with my clients to help them achieve their personal and professional goals, I find that many of them have not taken the time to define their core values. Some think they know them, but they still haven’t gone through a simple exercise of naming them, claiming them and writing them down. There can definitely be some paralysis over the list of words, because all of the words are “good words” and characterize ways that we want to be, think and live.
So take a few quiet moments, read through this list and select the 5-7 words that resonate or mean the most to you.
Some may be obvious to you while others require a bit more thought and testing to see if you actually own the word as your core value.
This is a simple exercise which brings about profound results. Your core values become your filter by which you can sort information quickly; then confidently make your decision knowing it will align with who you are. When you have your core values defined they serve to pull your forward, rather than push you from behind. Think about it, it is much easier and more comfortable to be pulled along than it is to be pushed.
If you have questions, or need help thinking through the process of defining your core values let me know by sending an email to email@example.com