Values are who we are. Values represent our unique and individual essence, our ultimate and most fulfilling form of expressing and relating. Our values serve as a compass pointing to our true north. Values give us the power to lead and make big change. When we honor our values, life is good. The first step is identifying them and discovering the times in your life when you are honoring your values. Here’s a good place to start:
1. Identify a special peak moment when life was especially rewarding or poignant. Notice where you are, who is with you, the sights, sounds and smells.
2. Make a list of the values that were present in that experience and elaborate on each word.
3. Look for another peak moment that was particularly rich and fulfilling. Identify the values that were being honored.
4. Identify a moment in your life that you were in great conflict. Look for the values that were not being honored.
Words are just the identifiers, but the experience of being in touch and honoring your values will create greater fulfillment in your life. What value can you honor today?
“True North: Discover Your Authentic Leadership” by Bill George, Peter Sims, and David Gerger is a great book about leaders honoring their values and following their true north.