This week’s success strategy is all about identifying your top values. Now, when I say values, I don’t mean ethical values. What I’m talking about here are the things that are most important to you and the activities you love to do. When you are expressing your top values, you feel most like yourself—alive, energized & fulfilled.
For example, two of my personal top values are family & relationships and to lead & inspire. So for me, when I’m spending quality time with family or friends, or coaching my clients or speaking in front of an audience about the things I believe in, I’m at my personal best.
Here is a worksheet to help you identify what your true values are: Identifying Your Top Values (PDF). It includes over 150 values to choose from. Just follow the instructions to come up with your top four. Once you have that information, the objective is to do everything you can to orient your life around those 4 values.
Values give our lives meaning, joy, and happiness, but for many of us, we end up getting so busy with other responsibilities and unresolved issues that we’re left with little time to honor our values. When this happens, we wind up feeling irritated, frustrated, bored or complacent. Ideally, it should work in the reverse.
Your values should guide every decision you make—especially those around how you’ll spend your time, energy, money and other resources. And as you set your goals for your life and career, you want to make sure that they are fully aligned with your values. I guarantee that, if you commit to doing this, you’ll find yourself feeling more “alive,” energized and fulfilled than you likely have been in the past.