Have you given much thought to your core values? These principles or virtues are like points on a compass, keeping us on track when things are stormy or unclear. They dictate how we want to live — both internally and externally — and empower us to be our best selves.
Once we are clear on our core values, we want to stay mindful of these principles and not compromise on them, no matter what, even if we are scared or angry and our brain is doing an awesome job convincing us otherwise. If we stay focused on our core values we can have clarity, regardless of how tricky the situation is. Our core values ensure that we are continuing to move toward our big goals, even if in the short term things do not look positive.
The first step obviously is identifying your core values, if you haven’t already.
Humility, respect, evolution, compassion, courage, gratitude, openness, resourcefulness are a few of mine.
If you aren’t sure what yours are, take the time to think about it in the big picture of what you value in life and humanity.
Once you have your list, refer back to it frequently and keep it in the front of your mind. Notice how those values lead in positive directions, day in and day out.
In the moments when life throws you challenges, it is especially important to take the time to refer back to your list of core values and check in with each, allowing those values to point you in the direction you want to go. As you take action, do it in alignment with your values and trust that you will be moving in the direction of your goals, whether they be relationship goals, financial or career goals or whatever. You may need to be patient and it may not be immediately obvious, but I promise you are going in the right direction.
Sticking to our core values also maintains our self respect. When we compromise those values, we lack integrity and struggle feeling good about ourselves. This undermines our ability to be both brave and self compassionate because we feel like we can’t trust ourselves and don’t like ourselves. Toxic to say the least. Being aware of this and working towards this integrity has a huge positive impact on our life.