What are my values? Aristotle believed there were a set of core values that should manifest themselves in the behaviour of ALL human beings. There were:
- Rationality in judgement
- Mutually beneficial friendships
- Pursuit of knowledge and truth
There are hundreds of values but you will currently be living your life according to about 5-8 key values. What does your values mean in your life? Your values is the foundation of your life. It is the core or centre of everything you do. You make decisions in your life based on your values.
Doing this session certainly reinforced the decisions made when “life” stepped in the other day. I looked at my life and realized that everything that I have created has been built upon my values. The decisions made felt right and I avoided the feeling of being out of alignment with who I truly am.
To live in a strong supported way, we must live by our values. If you think of your values as the core of who you are sitting deep within you, then your thoughts are the products of these values. Your values rise up into thoughts and you then play out these thoughts through your actions.
To build a stronger foundation it is really important that you know what your foundation is built on. Know your values, dig deep within you to uncover them if they don’t appear easily. Think about your actions, the life you are living, the decisions you make to get to where you are. What guiding principles do you live by that create the choices you make? These are all underpinned by your values.
If I was to ask 20 people randomly the question: What is your reason for living? Maybe 1 out of 20 will be able to answer the question with confidence. One reason for the non-answer maybe because they do not know what “a purpose” is.
Examples of purpose might be:
- inspiring beauty
- supporting women
- challenging thoughts
- creating value
- living passionately
- helping people – any way you can
Once a person have their purpose they will know as it will feel right. My life purpose is Life Coaching. Being able to help people come up with the solutions to their problems. Feeling a sense of achievement and satisfaction at the end of the session.
Determining one’s life purpose is one thing. Making it happen is another. Most people who have achieved great success in their lives will tell you that the success was not a result of a few major choices; it was the result of a huge amount of small choices made every single day.