At an environmental education conference, I participated in an activity about personal values. We individually had to write down all these different values (about 30) on index cards. Each of these things were important to us in some way and categorized into the following:
Family, Occupation, Activities, Religion, Health, Traits
Some of mine included: mom, dad, husband, each of my kids, painting, social media, television, teaching, creativity, book and financial stability.
Then, little by little, the moderator asked each of us to eliminate a few things from our life by ripping up the cards. The process was hard when I ripped up an activity or a trait. It was tough to get rid of things like my cell phone and my house. But it was very emotional and heartbreaking when I had to eliminate people from my life.
Tears gathered in my eyes as I tore up my parents cards and my husband.
In the end, I was supposed to have one card. However, I am a rule breaker and I had two cards: each of my two kids. I just couldn’t bring myself to rip up their cards. I would have much rather ripped up myself.
But what this activity did do for me is help me focus on the things that are truly important in my life. And that one thing (or, in my case, two things) should be the real reason you do anything and everything else during your life.
Definition: A personal value is an individual’s absolute or relative and ethical value, the assumption of which can be the basis for ethical action.
So, ask yourself: what is truly important in your life? What keeps you going? What helps you get up in the morning? What helps you fall asleep peacefully at night?
Personal Values (and there are so many more than this!)
Accountability, Achievement, Adaptability, Ambition, Attitude, Awareness, Balance (home/work), Being the best, Caring, Coaching, Mentoring, Commitment, Community Involvement, Compassion, Competence, Conflict Resolution, Continuous learning, Cooperation, Courage, Creativity, Dialogue, Ease with uncertainty, Enthusiasm, Entrepreneurial, Environmental, Efficiency, Ethics, Excellence, Fairness, Family, Financial stability, Forgiveness, Friendships, Future generations, Generosity, Health, Honesty, Humility, Humor/fun, Independence, Integrity, Initiative, Intuition, Job security, Leadership, Listening, Making a difference, Open communication, Openness, Patience, Perseverance, Professional Growth, Personal fulfillment, Personal growth, Power, Recognition, Reliability, Respect, Responsibility, Safety, Self-discipline, Success, Teamwork, Trust, Vision, Wealth, Wellbeing, Wisdom