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Once a month since February, we’ve taken a look at various aspects of creating a strong personal foundation.
Building a strong foundation gives you a good solid base to build a life you’re happy to be living. It doesn’t mean that your life will be hassle-free and full of fluffy kittens and unicorns with not a worry in the world. I’d need a magic wand to arrange that.
Each person’s values are unique to that person, even if two people happen to pick the same word, such as integrity, each person will have their unique understanding of it and they will demonstrate it differently in their daily actions. Elvis Presley supposedly said "Values are like fingerprints. Nobody’s are the same, but you leave ’em over everything you do".
We often don’t even notice them; they are just a part of us that helps us sense that perhaps it’s better to do one thing instead of another, or help us notice that a particular situation or being around a particular person feels better than another. To help clarify your values, visit www.fitforlifecoaching.co.nz, click on the blog tab and search for values. You’ll find two articles there to help you.
Knowing your values is one thing, but to really get the most from them, consider building your life around them. You have many options for things to base your life around. You could base it on what you want, what you need, what you think others will be impressed by. None of these will bring you the sense of fulfilment and satisfaction that living by your core values does.
EXPLORING YOUR VALUES
What roles do you have in life? Partner, parent, colleague, team member, leader ... ?
What are your pastimes or hobbies?
Are your values reflected in what you say and do?In your different roles? In your and pastimes and hobbies? In your current goals and aspirations? In your relationships — personal and professional?
If your responses are more "no" and "maybe" than "yes", think about how can you express your values more clearly.
What do you need to change in order to express them more clearly? Do you need any support for this? Who could help you?
As Polonius advised his son: "To thine own self be true." (Hamlet)
- Jan Aitken is a Dunedin-based life coach.
• For more go to www.fitforlifecoaches.co.nzTwitter:@jan—aitken