Directionless and Lost? Internal Values are Your Unerring Compass

Internal values path

Your internal values help define your path.

What images come to mind when you hear the words ‘internal values’?

It sounds kind of dry, but your internal values provide the context for all the choices you make about your time. Whether these are consciously-held values or not – they function as your guide.

So, the more you can be clear and aware about these important values, the better you’ll know yourself and the more in charge you’ll be when it comes to your direction and your time choices.

Internal Values and Your Time

Your internal values are process-oriented. They reflect a way of being. Where ‘external values’ frame your goals, your internal values define the path you take to get there.

And the direct and indirect teaching of your parents and other significant people in your life helps to shape where you start and what you carry with you in your life.

Your internal values may evolve through time, as you do; but they are not as prone to change as your external values may be.

An Example

Suppose that you value integrity, responsibility and authenticity as frames for how you live. As someone who values responsibility, you may place a higher priority on taking care of your health at 60 than you did when you were 30 and your job or your family held a higher priority spot.

Your internal values may very well lead you to place more importance on different external values at different stages of your life – but the internal values themselves are less likely to change.

  • Name 5 internal values that are important to you?
  • How are these values reflected in your daily life?

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