Last week I talked about the importance of time and how we need to always remember that it is a gift. If you missed that post, you can read it here.
This week, we’re sticking with the topic of values to look deeper into what it means to value something and how it changes the way you act.
But first, think about one thing that you value. Visualize it. How does it change the way you view the world? When we value something, it will cause us to see things from a particular perspective that someone else may not have.
For example, say you really value friendships and genuine connection. You may be more in tune with looking out for people who seem left out of not connected. Your value of connection will guide you to act in a way that brings people together.
Or, perhaps you value learning more than anything. When you value learning you’re going to look for ways to continually learn, no matter what. Somebody who doesn’t hold the same value on learning won’t pay to go to a conference or buy new books to read because it’s just not a top priority for them.
Having a diversity of values can be a very good thing! It means that important things don’t fall through the cracks and get forgotten. When we gravitate toward doing things that we value, we end up working together in our own way to make the world a better place.
Ask yourself if the things you value cause you to be a better human being or not. Sometimes our values can be misaligned and we need to find ways to take what we value and use it properly.
When you value the right things, you’ll be making progress towards your goals.
Here are 3 easy ways to determine if what you value is making you a better person or not.
1. Does What You Value cause Extreme Isolation?
Humans are social creatures. You can be an introvert while still maintaining connections to a few people. If what you value takes you away from people or causes you to act only on your own interests and not on the greater benefit to society, you could be valuing the wrong thing.
2. Does Your Value Encourage Growth?
Again, if you say you value something but it doesn’t move you forward or it takes you two steps back, it may not be a good, healthy value. Take time to reflect and see if some changes need to be made to get moving forward again. The value may not be the problem but it could be the misalignment between your actions and what you value.
3. Does Your Value Inspire Others to Pursue Their Values?
You don’t need to have a large following for this one and you’re not trying to create clones, but your value should inspire someone else to reflect on their life and try to find value in what they do. Be a leader in your own way by always living out your values and encouraging others to live theirs out.
If you came up with an answer to any of these 3 questions and you want to share, please write your response in the comments below! I always love hearing what people thought each week and how it is helping you on your values journey!
Connect the Dots
After you’ve reflected and answered the 3 questions above, focus on ways that you can put your values into practice. How does it change the way you view the world around you? What do you notice that should be changed?