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December 31, 2015

by Jeanine Izzo

Laos Monk

Values. also referred to as guiding principles, are the center of our being and are key to understanding how to make meaningful choices.  Whether or not we are aware, most times we react strongly to events, issues, opinions, tasks, etc. because they either coincide or oppose our values.  Understanding your values creates a doorway to clarity…clarity of vision, clarity of goals, clarity of priorities, clarity of what drives you to take action.  Further, being able to articulate your values to others offers opportunities for enhanced communications.

Typically, we have one common set of values which serve both our personal and professional lives.  Let’s call these our core values.  Whether you have clearly defined these or not, your thoughts and actions are guided by your highest priorities.  Every time I have asked the (admittedly loaded) question “Do you have values?” the answer is always “yes.”  Then, when it comes to the followup “What are they?” more people than not struggle to pinpoint their core values.  Identifying them in and of themselves does not determine if someone is fulfilled or not, however for those that feel like they are running themselves ragged and wanting more fulfillment, doing some reflection around their values is the most powerful way to begin identifying and bridging gaps.

Additionally, In the workplace, it is helpful to identify supporting values that you hold.  Many times these are so ingrained in who we are that they don’t come up in our core values.  i.e. trust, integrity, autonomy, etc.  In the workplace, these professional values can be key in communicating your expectations and their importance to those around you.  They can bring about further understanding and ability to work through tension points.  For example, if you are someone that continues to push the status quo working with someone that values a slow pace and stability…there is most likely tension above and/or below the surface.  This tension can create or prevent forward movement depending on how it is handled.

Forward Moving Tips:

  1. Determine your top 5 core values.  What are the most important elements in your life?
  2. Determine your top 5 supporting or professional values.  What allows you to feel more fulfilled in the workplace?
  3. Evaluate your values on a scale of 1-10 (10=high) based on your current level of satisfaction.
  4. Choose two values that you would like to improve your rating on as a priority.
  5. Set related goals for yourself.
  6. Take action to honor the most important aspects of your life.

Reflecting and taking action to honor one or two of your values in a more direct way can lead to improvements in other areas.  Also, it can help you make better decisions and find more fulfillment along the way.  What are you waiting for?  Get out a piece of paper (or electronic device) and start gaining clarity!

Note:  Viage Partners offers a mini coaching package centered around helping you identify and activate your values to work for you.  Whether you would like assistance in working through the steps above or deepening their impact on your life, contact us and mention the e-Value-ate package for more information.

We also help companies determine their values…or gaps in their values in order to achieve enhanced success.

For assistance with moving forward with more focus, confidence and success along your journey,  Contact Viage Partners today.

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