Living Your Core Values — How to Get and STAY Clear as You Evolve

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Living your core values…

Living your core values is a powerful path to congruence and authenticity. And that’s not always an easy task in today’s busy world.

Indeed, finding time to live your life as fully as possible starts with finding time to clarify and live out your values as fully as you can.

As Deepak Chopra has written: “Without values, there is confusion and chaos.” 

So, how well do you know yourself? How does your daily life reflect your values? Your time choices shape your life, so are you living your core values in the way you use your time?

Or, taking a step further back for a second, just what are values?

Living your core values 101:

Your personal value system is comprised of both your internal and your external values. They both influence how you see the world and how you use your time and energy. They are both present and future-oriented.

Your external values involve areas of your life that are of greatest importance to you, such as your work, your family, and your health. When you were younger, you absorbed the values of your parents. However, as you develop your own vantage point, you tend to redefine these values and their importance to you.

For example, as you age, the significance you place upon your health and spirituality might increase, while the emphasis you place on your work might diminish.

Your external values provide a framework for what you do. And your internal values provide a context for how you do it. These values are process-oriented. They embody a way of being. You might value, for example, integrity, responsibility, and authenticity as a way of living your life. Again, the direct and indirect teaching of your parents helps shape your internal values, as well.

Identifying your core values:

Now, let’s focus on your core values for a moment. These consist of a cluster of activities that you’re engaged in when you are living your core values.

The following exercise will help you explore what these may be for you.

  • First, write down 3-5 of your most important external values.
  • Next, prioritize them with “#1” being most important.
  • Then, list 3-5 of the most significant activities for each value and reflect on how your internal values are embodied in each.

You are making your core values concrete for yourself.

  • What have you learned?
  • How do you actively manifest these values in your life?
  • If there is anything you’d like to change, how will you get started today?

Here’s more help…

Do you ever feel like life is coming at you too fast and you’re getting lost in the shuffle? Are you feeling at sea and rudderless? Unclear about what your priorities even are? Well, a time tool that I want to tell you about today is my E-Guide titled “Why Can’t I Find My Direction?” 17 Journaling Prompts to Create Your Ideal Life. This E-Guide gets right down to business as it walks you through 17 journaling prompts aimed at helping you come to a deeper understanding of

  • Who you are,
  • What you value,
  • What makes you tick and how you relate to your time choices.

Understanding any ONE of these things more fully is a great gift to give yourself. So I invite you to follow your heart as you clarify your priorities and find your path with “Why Can’t I Find My Direction?” 17 Journaling Prompts to Create Your Ideal Life. Click the link below to discover more about what’s possible for you.

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