In the hustle of daily life, how often do we pause to reflect on the compass that guides us?

I’m not referring to financial worth but to something infinitely more precious—our personal values. These are the bedrock principles and beliefs that steer our decisions and actions, sculpting the essence of our lives.

Acknowledging and defining your core values is not just an exercise in self-awareness; it’s the first step towards crafting the life of your dreams. When you align your life’s direction with your deepest beliefs, you navigate closer to fulfilling your aspirations, passions, and desires.

What Constitutes Personal Values?

Personal values are as diverse as the individuals who hold them, varying greatly in significance and shaping our unique perspectives. Here are examples of values that might resonate deeply with you:

  • Adventure
  • Loyalty
  • Creativity
  • Empathy
  • Boldness
  • Strength
  • Relationships
  • Faith
  • Humor
  • Happiness
  • Knowledge
  • Optimism
  • Love
  • Self-respect
  • Honesty
  • Status
  • Trustworthiness

These values encapsulate vast opinions and feelings, simplifying complex emotions into singular words. For instance, valuing “relationships” signifies a commitment to cherish and honor connections across all spheres of life.

Unearthing Your Core Values

Your personal values are the silent forces guiding your journey, often revealing themselves through your choices and sense of fulfillment. They’re the internal compass pointing you towards your true north or signaling when you’ve strayed off path.

Discovering your values can seem daunting, yet it can be simplified through introspection and a bit of guidance. Begin with a comprehensive list of values, readily available online or in psychology texts, and let your intuition lead. Highlight values that instantly connect with you, without overanalyzing.

With your chosen values, delve deeper into why they resonate with you. Arrange them by significance to crystallize what matters most in your life.

Living Authentically Through Your Values

Life is replete with challenges and crossroads. Having a clear understanding of your values equips you with the confidence to make decisions aligned with your core beliefs.

Keep your list of values accessible. When confronted with a difficult decision, refer to your list. Assess your options through the lens of your values: Which path aligns with your core beliefs? Which diverges? This reflective process ensures your choices are not just reactive, but reflective of who you truly are.

Taking the Next Steps

Embracing your personal values is akin to setting sail on a voyage towards your true self.

It’s about making a conscious choice to steer your life in a direction that resonates with your deepest beliefs and aspirations. This alignment brings a profound sense of satisfaction and adds meaning and purpose to your daily actions.

As you embark on this journey of alignment, remember that your values are not static. They evolve as you grow and encounter new experiences. Therefore, revisiting and reflecting on your values should be a continuous part of your personal development.

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About the Author Dianne M Daniels

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and currently residing in Norwich, Connecticut, Dianne M. Daniels' mission is to empower women 50+ to Amplify their Self-Confidence, Deepen their Self-Knowledge, Inspire Creativity, and Glide into the next phase of their lives with the Power of Journaling, Affirmations, and Assessments.

You can learn how to use these time-tested, proven practices to create and manifest the life you want (and deserve) to live.

Dianne is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister with a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. She's an avid reader, a lover of old houses (she renovated an 1850s vintage Greek Revival home with her family) and has been journaling since the age of 9.

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