Values are a part of us. They highlight what we stand for. Values guide our behavior, providing us with a personal code of conduct.
When we honor our personal core values consistently, we experience fulfillment.
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Knowing your personal values changes your behavior.
For instance: When you value health, you don’t have to wrestle with managing impulse control as much. If you know a particular food or activity isn’t good for your body, you don’t want it.
Assess how well you’re honoring each value by scoring each one on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 = optimally living the value).
Knowing your personal core values and their order of priority is helpful in making difficult decisions.
Step into this future picture as much as you can. Have it come alive in your mind.
Score your personal values while keeping the vision alive in your mind. Does it cause friction with one of your higher values?
Your personal values aren't set in stone. While some of your core values will probably stay the same throughout your life, others may change as your life circumstances change or simply as you get older and start to have a different view of what’s important.
It’s worth checking in yearly to see if your values have changed.
They (should) determine your priorities, and, deep down, they're probably the measures you use to tell if your life is turning out the way you want it to.