It's been a while since I've posted anything along these lines, about balance and wellbeing, but this week I've been thinking a lot about values, both in work and in life, and I thought today I'd share a little of what I've been thinking about. Things that help me and I hope might help you out too.
Over the past year or so, as part of the various courses and seminars I've attended either as part of this blog or otherwise, the idea of coming back to your core values has become something of a theme. Something that I don't really think I'd given all that much thought to previously.
Renowned Interior Designer Kelly Hoppen spoke about always making sure you come back around and stay true to your core values in business at the Building Your Brand event I attended back in October last year. On the Eyes Wide Opened Course we spent a whole session and much more working out what and where our values lie, as part of helping us to determine who we really are.
The word 'value' might sound a little imposing and you may think I'm talking about equipping yourself with a strict set of moral guidelines. That's not really the case. Things that you value can be anything like being creative, working with people, spending time outdoors. These are the things that help us define what is important to us. In doing so we can bring more of this into our lives in a positive sense and ground our lives with a better sense of wellbeing.
If you find yourself at a point in your life, career or business where you feel a little stuck and uncertain about what choice to make, the chances are that your values will have a huge part to play in making that final decision. Whether it be because something feels wrong due to your values clashing with someone or something different to you, or whether it just be a general uncertainty of picking the right course of action for yourself, coming back to those initial strongholds can ultimately be incredibly effective in working through whatever problem you are having. For that reason, it's good to have an idea of what those values are!
It can be a really useful exercise to actively sit down and work this out for yourself. Both in terms of your personal values and then applying these to your career direction or the values of your business. Define what you believe to be true to you, what are your priorities? What do you believe in? In order to sit down and work through these ideas you might, as I did, find this article here very useful: How To Live With Purpose, Identify Your Values and Improve Your Leadership by Anne Loehr.
Once you identify and align to these key points it will help you make those difficult choices in life - a definition that you can come back to and remind yourself of when you're finding something a little tricky. It's a useful exercise and one I urge you to consider, especially if you're currently stuck at a crossroads and don't know what choice to make. Work out what's important to you and let what you believe in guide you to a solution. You'll be surprised just how helpful it can be!
Do you believe in identifying and staying true to a specific set of personal values? Is this an exercise you've ever sat down and taken part in and was it useful?
Let me know what you think and in the meantime Happy Friday and have a wonderful weekend.