Never Compromise Your Values
YOU are your values. Values are the part of you that IS you. Values are the ‘why’ of your actions.
Your values are your core...
They are the “why” of your actions. Orienting around your values doesn’t require a great deal of effort, or even setting goals (though you’ll find when you set your goals in alignment with your values, that you’ll achieve them easier and faster, which is a much higher experience of fulfillment).
Think of values as how you live, when you are really living as you. For example, some people are natural explorers. They were at age 6, and at age 40 they are taking adventure trips. The person with the value of exploring doesn’t have to make themselves go explore – they just do it or more likely seek out opportunities for exploration. Values may be culturally-based or genetically-based, or a combination. The purpose of my comments today is not to explain where values come from, rather to discuss how to orient around them so that you experience greater Personal Freedom.
Values run extremely deep within us...
In fact, they run so deep that sometimes they act more like turtles, hiding themselves whenever danger is sensed. Values are easily squashed by needs, shoulds, and problems because they represent Danger. But our values always remain at our core.
Think for a moment about a time that someone said or did something that really upset you. There is a very big likelihood that those words or that action offended one of your core values.
General truths about orienting around your values...
Orienting around your values affords a greater sense of fulfillment – and even when you don’t quite make your goals, the experience you get from being values-based will, itself, bring fulfillment.