Listing Your Values
Values exist in all of our lives. Whether we acknowledge them or not, they exist, often under the conscious level and are instrumental for us as they influence the decisions we make, how we behave, how we react to social and business environments and towards the important people and events in our lives. Personal values provide an internal reference for what is good, bad, beneficial, negative, important, useful, useless, beautiful, ugly, desirable and constructive to us. Often conflict arises when values of people are in-congruent.
By recognising our values and bring them into the open, we can create deep understanding of who we are and why we behave the way we do. When behaviour, decisions and actions are congruent with our values, life becomes much easier and filled with meaning. When you are not honouring your values life becomes uncomfortable and unfulfilled.
Honouring your values is about taking congruent action towards expressing your values. This has the benefits of creating more motivation towards achieving goals and being more persistent in pursuing achievements.
Eliciting and understanding values can be accomplished by a series of questions to determine what has meaning. It is necessary to elicit values in a reflective mood and situation where time and space are available for exploring what gives meaning.
Step 1 – Start with the simple questions:
Step 2 – Analyse your values
Taking your values list, ask the following questions per value:
Step 3 – Rank you values