Everything we do is driven by are core values. The type of job we take, the person we choose to be in relationship with, and the friends we make are products of our inner values. However, many people have never taken the time to contemplate exactly what their values are, much less write them down.
Recently I discovered a simple exercise to bringing core values to light. It comes from the website of Scott Jeffrey, “the founder of CEOsage, a transformational leadership agency and resource for self-actualizing individuals.” Why is Jeffrey so interested in helping people identify their values? On his web site he offers the following explanation:
As a business coach, I appreciate the power of values.
I’ve noticed that individuals experience greater fulfillment when they live by their values.
And when we don’t honor our values, our mental, emotional, and physical state suffers. I’ve seen this to be true in my life too.
Jeffrey presents a seven-step method to articulate any person’s values. An early part of the process is to list possible values. However, this is not done so that one can pick or choose favorites. As Jeffrey explains:
Values aren’t selected; we discover and reveal them. If you start with a list, your conscious mind will test which values appear “better” than others.
That said, if you’re not familiar with working with values, you can scan a list of values to get a sense of your range of options.
Learn the entire process by visiting Scott Jeffrey’s web site.