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What are your values?

  • August 11, 2022
  • Written by Community Futures Meridian

“Tell me what you pay attention to and I will tell you who you are.”

― José Ortega y Gasset

When you ask yourself, what is the most important thing I need to be doing? Or when you ask, why am I doing this or that? You are asking questions that point to your core values, which align with your work and personal life.

Mission and vision statements result from an exercise to pare down the values and beliefs of an organization; these statements are then promoted to the public. Identifying your core values, mission, and vision helps you see what you stand for—who you are. Core values become a compass that leads you towards your goals.

Ask yourself, what are your core values? What do you stand for? How do those values align with the work you do? At times, it is wise to reflect on those three questions. Whether things are going well or not, it’s always good to step back and ask yourself how your core values play into either good or not-so-good work and life scenarios.

If you enjoy waking up and going to work, your work is satisfying and meaningful to you. Often, when work is pleasurable, you will find yourself in a state of flow where you aren’t aware of the time and are not watching the clock waiting for the day to end. You will not see work as a chore when you align it with your values. Consider how your values contribute to this satisfying state.

On the other hand, if you find yourself unhappy at work and getting up and going to the office feels like a chore, you may be at a point where work lacks joy and is no longer meaningful or satisfying. Ask yourself whether your values or lack of them are contributing to this negative state of affairs. Has there been a shift in your values or those of your workplace? What has changed that may have caused a shift in alignment? 

Values play an essential part in both your personal and work life. It is a worthwhile exercise to take a few minutes to check-in to see how they align with what you do. Are they providing a focus for what you do and why you do it?

“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.” ― Gandhi

Paul Abra, Motivated Coaching

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