July 26, 2007

What do you value?

A few weeks ago I wrote about freedom and said that's what I value most.

I asked you what you valued and Annie left me a comment asking me to clarify. I know, I know, I took very long but at least I didn't forget, did I?

So, values.

Your values are those things that guide your decisions and behaviour. They are deeply ingrained and speak to the core of who you are.

Why is it necessary to know what your values are?

Well, one immediate benefit is that it helps with decision-making. The only time it’s hard to make a decision is when you have conflicted value systems.

Let me give you an example. If you were offered a job with a company in Cape Town, you could react in a number of different ways. If family was one of your top values and they’re all up in Johannesburg, you’d probably turn down the offer. If money/ wealth was top, you’d take it if your salary increase was huge. If there was a lot of potential for growth and promotion, you’d accept the job if your top value was achievement.

Do you see where I’m going with this?

Let me give you just one more example. What if you had a choice between earning a stable and secure salary versus potentially earning a lot more on commission? If your highest value is financial security, you probably would prefer to stick with a sure deal.

So now when you have trouble deciding something, ask yourself why you feel so conflicted.

Identify your highest value and go with that!

Some other reasons to know your values:
  1. your relationships improve
  2. you understand yourself and your motives better
  3. you live a more fulfilled life
By the way, my top 5 values are freedom, justice, excellence, life balance and accomplishment, in that order!

What are your values?

P.S. I have a 3-page coaching tool I use with my Discover Yourself clients to help them discover their highest values. I sell it by itself for US$3 or together with a half-hour online coaching session for US$20. You'll have to email me/ leave a comment because I just realised I haven't added it to my online store!

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Suzanne said...

I value a great signature! Ok, I may not "value" it...on second thought I guess I do! BUT what I really meant to say was, I love your new signature!

annie said...

You did get it!

annie said...

I get what you mean about values.
My values are faith, family, consistency, fairness and loyalty.

Marcia said...

Thanks Suzanne :-)

The very generous and talented Annie made it for me!!! What a lovely thing to do, esp since I went to the dentist yesterday and I need my root canal redone!

annie said...

Hmmm...I'll have to give it some thought. motivational gifts... You may have to help me figure those out.
Have a great Sunday Marcia!