One thing I’ve really come to realize in the past few years is how vital defining your personal values can be. Once you realize what is important, it’s so much easier to make decisions that align with those values. We all prioritize the different aspects of our lives in different ways. Figuring out what aspects you hold at a higher level of importance can change everything, including how you act, what people you bring into your lives, and how you foster your relationships.
For a long time I thought that there was no way to reconcile my own personal values of social justice and beauty; I mean, how do you prioritize pretty things when there are people struggling around the world? The thing is, there’s no one, universal way to measure the importance of values. My best self is SO different than YOUR best self, and that, right there, is the beauty of diversity. One of my very favorite quotes is by Howard Thurman.
The world really does need people that have come alive through their own power and value. There’s nothing more stunning, to me, than a person that has figured out what they want from life and does what it takes to get it. I feel like this is something I work on every single day; because it’s a marathon, not a race. Figuring this shit out isn’t a one-day deal, and your values from yesterday may be different than your values for tomorrow. The best we can do is try to at least define them. And from there we can create a mission statement that encompasses everything we want from life.
What does my mission statement look like?
Once I realized that I had the capacity to define myself, everything changed. Measuring and prioritizing what exactly I value has made it so that I can make my own decisions with intention and integrity, which is so important. It takes a lot more than just thinking, though; it takes actually looking at various aspects of your life and determining what fits where.
To help you out with this journey, I’ve put together a workbook for you to download! All you have to do is sign up for my mailing list, and you’ll get it delivered straight to your inbox, for free.
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