Valuing Yourself and Living Your Values — The Heart-Based Way

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Is valuing yourself important to you?

Valuing yourself is part of living your values.

That might not be immediately apparent to some, because valuing yourself is sometimes seen as selfish in our culture.

But if you want to move through life from your most powerful core, that means being in sync with your values.

And valuing yourself is an integral part of that equation.

In fact, it’s the first, necessary step in coming to know your values.

Why is valuing yourself important?

Deepak Chopra has said, “Without values, there is confusion and chaos.”

Indeed, without that powerful, core connection to your values, your energy will be disconnected and diffuse.  Conversely, when you are moving through your days from a base of valuing yourself and your values, you are tapping into a wellspring of personal power that will never dry up.

But first things first.

Valuing yourself…

To find your path, you need to ask yourself some questions:

  • How well do you know yourself?
  • Are you, yourself, one of your priorities?
  • How do your daily life and the way you use your time reflect your values?

These are big questions, and your answers to them will shift and evolve over time. So, it’s important to revisit them periodically.

And I cannot emphasize enough the importance of valuing yourself. If you don’t, you’re unlikely to even pause long enough to consider these questions, let alone grapple with them.

Your personal value system is comprised of both your internal and your external values. These values profoundly influence how you see the world and how you use your time and energy.

External Values:

Your external values involve areas of your life that are important to you such as your work, your family, and/or your health. They change over time.

Maybe when you were younger, you absorbed the values of your parents or other influential adults in your life.  As you find your own way in life, you tend to redefine these values and their importance to you. For example, maybe as you grow older you place more emphasis on your health and spirituality, while the importance you attached to your work might diminish.

So, external values provide a framework for what you do.

Internal Values:

And your internal values provide a context for how you do it. They are process-oriented.

For example, integrity, responsibility, and/or authenticity may be important to you as a context or frame for how you live.

Again, the direct and indirect teaching of your parents helps shape this.  And even more, as you age and your self-knowledge deepens, the shape and texture of your path becomes clearer and clearer to you.

So, thinking about this today, do you feel that you are living in sync with your core values?  How do you actively manifest your internal and external values in your life? And how will you do this today?

Want 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 values and 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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