What are Values?
Values are defining pieces of your identity. They are the things that you hold onto the most and that mean the most to you, whether they are recognizes or not. Values are how we view the world. They are the lens through which we see the world.
Your values infuse every part of your life in seen and unseen ways. Whenever you make a decision, you use values as a way of deciding what is the best path forward. Your values work as a way of sorting through your priorities. They set you up to live a more genuine and focused life.
If you have ever been to see a life coach, there's a decent chance they have worked with you to discover your values. There's a reason for this. Our values are keys to living a life that feels true to who you are and that honor what is important to you.
Values are appropriately named as they represent the things of value in your life. We usually have at least some awareness around our values. The key comes in defining them, in understanding them and what they mean to us. In other words, if someone asked you what the most important things in your lift were, would you be able to tell them?
No matter your answer to the question, it is important for us to return to our values often and make sure we are living a life that prioritizes our values. So here's a quick hit version of how to do it.
(For a more depth on values, check out our Ultimate Guide to Discovering Values)