Values – Prioritizing and Affirming
Values and Why They Are Important – Prioritizing and Affirming Your Own Values
Values – Prioritizing and Affirming – understanding your own values is key to leading a happy and fulfilled life. Knowing them can guide you in deciding the work you want to do and even how you choose a life partner. Understanding them can help you deal with many of the challenges you will meet through life and how to make the best choice in different situations.
Prioritizing and Affirming Your Own Values
Prioritizing your most important values is difficult. You need to look deep inside yourself and be very honest.
When you make a decision you may realise you are having to deal with values that don’t ring true for you. And they may conflict. So, you will have to make a choice. This is when you need to know which value is more important to you. Without clarity such a conflict can cause great unhappiness.
Write down your most significant values; such as, integrity, freedom, status, financial recognition. But don’t put them in any particular order. Then look at the first two values and ask yourself, “If I could satisfy only one of these, which would I choose?”
It might help to visualize a situation in which you would have to make a choice. For example, compare the values of service and stability. Imagine that you must decide whether to sell your house and risk moving to another country to do work that could fulfill a long-held ambition. Or you can stay in your present job with more limited opportunities but keep your house! What would you decide?
Keep working through the list, by comparing each value with each one of the rest, until your list is in the correct order.
Reaffirm your values
Check your top-priority values, and make sure they fit with your life and your vision for yourself.
- Do these values make you feel good about yourself?
- Are you proud of your top three values?
- Would you be comfortable and proud to tell your values to people you respect and admire?
- Do these values represent things you would support, even if your choice isn’t popular.
Now, you need to consider how these values will be reflected in your life at work, at home or in relationships.
When you consider your values in decision-making, you will keep your sense of integrity. Reflecting your values increases your feeling of self-worth and self-confidence.
Making a value-based choice isn’t always be easy. But it is the way to happiness and peace of mind.
Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in organisational development, management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. If you would like help finding a job, with problems at work or at home, or with relationships, contact Wendy. Book your free 30 minute, no obligation, trial coaching session with Wendy Smith now at this Link
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