Define your personal values.
What are you about and what do you stand for? Slightly easier task.
I know what is right and wrong to me. I know what I like and don’t like. I know several people who inspire me with values I aspire to. But ask me to list and rank my core values… that requires a lot of thinking and looking within. These are the values that jumped off the page. They represent me now, and my vision for 2012:
Acceptance Gratitude Respect
Discovery Harmony Responsibility
Enjoyment Kindness Spirituality
Family Love Wellbeing
Now to choose and rank the 5 most important values to me right now… I thought this would be hard but it came pretty easily. Ranking #1 and #2 was difficult, but I am comfortable with my choice.
#1 Wellbeing In my heart, I want to rank Family first, but in my head I know that in order to be my best for them I need to look after myself first. To me, wellbeing encompasses all things that make me healthy, in mind, body and spirit. It is being healthy and happy, content with my beliefs and ‘filling my tank’ so that I can be my best me. It’s creating balance in my life.
#2 Family I love my family. I am privileged to have had a happy childhood and pretty amazing parents. And now I am blessed to have created my own special little family. Tough times have brought us closer and I feel truly blessed to have family members I also choose as friends. My children light up my life and I love being witness to their development and watching their lives unfold.
#3 Gratitude When my father fell ill, I was in awe of his strength and determination. But the thing that has stuck with me most is his love of life and raw honest gratitude. Since his passing, I find I am far more appreciative of little things, ordinary things that I used to take for granted. Life is a blessing.
#4 Enjoyment Passion for life, adventure. It’s letting go of the small stuff to make time to just enjoy. It’s working hard to play well. It’s being present in the moment. It’s happiness. It’s fun. It’s creating good times!
#5 Discovery Personal growth, life-long learning. A journey to better myself and manifest good things in my life.
I have enjoyed this challenge! It seemed daunting at the start but feels good to look at myself and my core values on paper. I am sure if I did this 12 months ago, my list would have been very different. But this feels good right now.