LIVING LIFE ACCORDING TO YOUR CORE VALUES?
Are you living life according to your core values? I am learning to. To help with this, I am taking a health/wellness/life coaching program online. There are many reasons why I am doing this, including my future plans for livefatandfit.com. The most important reason is personal. I am working on getting my proverbial DUCKS IN A ROW. First and foremost, I must know everything I can about my ducks in order to manage them currently.
The goal setting part of my course has been very helpful with learning to live life by my core values. There are lessons about identifying core values. Core values are a fundamental set of beliefs that you hold to be true and by which you conduct your life. This progressed into thinking about a personal mission statement and I had written a personal mission statement years ago, but I have not thought of it in a very long time. I am not sure it would apply anymore in any case, as while you change and grow and learn, your mission is likely to change and grow with you.
CORE VALUE LISTS
I went through a lot of lists online about core values, as well as one provided by my teacher. The idea is to start with a long list, 25 or more and then pare it down to the most important 5 to 10. These final 5 to 10 should resonate with your being!! They will feel right when used to describe you and how you are living or want to live your life.
My final list, after many hours of reading, writing and thinking came down to these … listed in ranking order, as requested by the teacher of my course.
LEARNING, GROWTH, LOVE, PEACE, FAITH, KINDNESS, FORGIVENESS, UNDERSTANDING, HOPE, JOY, AND SOLACE.
I found the ranking to be the most difficult part of this entire exercise, as at least 5/11 could have ranked most important. Originally, I ranked learning and growth last. I moved them to the very top, as I feel they are absolutely necessary to facilitate the rest of the list!
AN EXERCISE IN SELF-KNOWLEDGE
For me, this was a useful exercise in self-knowledge. Who I am now is very different from who I was in my 20s, 30s or 40s. Even as a 50 something year-old medical transcriptionist, I am a different person. Life has changed me, as it should.
Living life according to your core values might just be the thing to make you feel whole, well put together or at home with yourself. I suggest you give this a try some time. As we struggle through trying times, focusing on who we are and being absolutely certain our life reflects who we believe ourselves to be, can be a helpful lesson. It, most certainly, was for me.
If you are interested in the list of core values used in my class, please let me know and I am happy to send it to you. Your Dictionary has a great list of core values. It could be the place to start.
I would really enjoy starting conversations with some of you in an effort to help us all! Sharing helps!
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LIVEFATANDFIT AND BE WELL!