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Using a Personal List Of Values

  • Reflect on the past week, read your list of values and plan for the next.
  • Read it when you are struggling to make big decisions to find the right answer.
  • If more than one choice lines up with your core values, use reasoning and your feelings to decide.
  • Use it frequently to better internalize the values and begin to express them subconsciously in smaller decisions.

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Many adopt values from other pre-packaged sources, like a religion, culture, or legal system. But, by adopting a value system without reflection, you make way for personal values that cause conflict between your perceived beliefs and the actions you take.

To find your own values:

    Research shows that the happiest and most productive people take daily actions in line with their core values and get more easily into a state of flow. This gives them a constant sense of motivation because they see how their daily work leads to a long-term vision, meaningful to them.

    Your ...

    They are what you consider most important in your life, literally what you “value. ” They are broad concepts that can be applied across a wide range of circumstances, as opposed to narrow answers to specific questions.

    If you are conscious of them or not, you have values for every part of y...

    The core values that are most valuable to each of us come from our own personal experience, not from being taught.

    As you put them into practice you’ll get better at internalizing these values and they’ll express themselves subconsciously with smaller decisions, as well.

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