Once you’ve come up with a list, it's important to prioritise your values.
It can help you get even closer to defining what’s important to you. Prioritising helps you to ensure that you’re spending them on the most important things that'll have the biggest payoff in your life.
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Personal values are the things that are important to us, the characteristics and behaviours that motivate us and guide our decisions. For example honesty or kindness.
Values matter because you’re likely to feel better if you’re living according to your values and to feel worse if you don’t. This applies both to day-to-day decisions and to larger life choices.
Find out what characteristics or ways of behaving makes you feel good. Answer the following questions:
Possible Barriers to Overcome. Discrepancy between your values and some else's. You could choose to focus on your own actions and on living according to your own values, without challenging those around you who live differently.
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.
Assess how well you’re honoring each value by scoring each one on a scale of 1 to 10 (10 = optimally living the value).
Prioritize your top values.
Reaffirm your values.
Life is a tragic thing to waste, and if you are not living your own set of values, you need to assess if: