The people we hold in high esteem have values we admire. These same values can give us insight into what it means to live on our terms. However, this simple idea is not always easy.
This exercise has become the first step to create your vision storyboard.
Recently I caught up with a friend to start her first vision storyboard, and she was choosing the value words that resonated with her. If the value didn’t spark a definitive connection, she put it aside. Choosing around ten values to influence her was quite a natural process. But when it came to narrowing down the list to her core values was tough going and she needed more time to reflect. We decided to stop there and come back to it later. It’s important to have only a few values to work with, as too many will become overwhelming.
Your core values drive your big decisions. When faced with a choice that is against your core values, your gut reaction has you squirming in your seat. I heard a great quote the other day ~
If there is any doubt ~ there is no doubt.
Below is a big list of words that can be considered values to inspire you. Find the ones to encourage you to live the dream on your terms. Choosing about five from the list below to be your “A-List” core values. Write out the words on a piece of paper. Keep it in a place where you will remember and we will come back to them again.
If you’re looking for me I’ll be on the picnic rug in the shade of a big tree. Still picking my value words and changing my mind several times. If like me, you struggle with choosing less than 10-20 core value words you might be classified as having ‘multipotentialities’ dilemma when committing to one thing and this exercise will be a form of personal torture. Sorry about that! But the good news is, you might just discover you are not alone.
Here is a great site to discover something new about yourself. We are all on your journey of self-discovery and it can be refreshing to discover you’re perfect just as you are.