To have a life balance, you should first know your core values. This is the first message I give in my coaching sessions about life balance. I am always happy to help my clients find their core values.
What are core values?
Values, simply explain as the foundation of your life. They serve as your compass for deciding the most important things in life.
Examples of values:
Many of us never had the chance to reflect on our core values. We need to understand that values are essential to our day-to-day living.
Personal values set up your priorities in life. When you know your priorities, you will properly manage your life and what is really important for you – profession, family, love, or money.
Personal values help you attract friends with the same interests as you. When you identify your values, you join a group that shares the same values.
Personal values define your relationship values too – How your relationship should be with others, especially in romantic relationships.
Personal values help others understand you and avoid misunderstandings with you. They will know exactly what to speak about and whatnot.
Personal values will help you find the city you will live in and how you will get to that place.
Personal values will guide you in dealing with other people, especially those who have different values than you.
Personal values help you know your vision and where you want to go – your goals and your limitations.
Finding your personal values
Did you ever think about what is really important for you in life, which parts of life are your priorities?
Get some papers and a pen and start with:
Step 1: Ask yourself what do you consider most important in your life. To help you answer this, try closing your eyes and think about how you would like others to think of you and what your life should actually stand for.
Step 2: Think about the things you like and the things which give you energy and power. Ask yourself, what really inspires you?
Step 3: Ask yourself, what do you really want to do in life? What makes you happy?
After noting down your answers to the questions, underline the main words and nouns that resonate with you. Make a list of the words you have identified. This is a great way to have a visual view of your values and have it in front of you.
The next step is to align your values with your goals.