Personal Values: How to Choose Which Ones to Prioritize: a blog about identifying your values and making a strategy as to how one can prioritize them.
You'll find a lot of advice on the Internet to "live your life by your personal values." This can be extremely vague! What do you base your personal values on? How do you even identify them? If this sounds like something, you could use help with, then read on.
There's a reason why people like to say, "I don't have time." It's because they're over-committed and they have too many things on their plate.
But the truth is that we all have the same amount of time in a day — 24 hours. The difference is that some people are able to manage their time better than others.
And the difference comes down to one thing: identifying your personal values and aligning your life around them.
When you know what matters most to you (and why), you can make decisions about what activities will give you the most meaning and happiness. And when you're clear about your values, it becomes easier for you to filter out distractions and focus on what's important in life.
That being said, knowing what matters most isn't always easy. But if you follow these 5 steps, it'll be easier than ever before:
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Step 1: Life Experience Review
Step 2: Make a list of things that are important to you: Brainstorm (30 minutes recommended)
Step 3: Narrow your list to ten values (review and reflect.)
Step 4: Prioritization Test your choices by assessing how well they reflect the things that make you happy.
Step 5: Review and Wrap Up: Align your life with your values.
Takeaway: You'll find that when something aligns with your personal values, it will feel right and energize you.
Congratulations. You've finished!
Not sure where to start? You're not alone. It's easier said than done, but once you get going, it becomes easier, and you're more likely to identify your personal values. Making a list of things you consider important in life is also helpful. Narrowing down your preferences isn't easy, but being aware of your principles will help make it happen. Let me emphasize again…once you become more aware of this; your life will be changed for the better!