I have learned that when I find myself unable to work through something of significance ~ it roots in an inability to determine a useful approach. When following the lead of emotion, or perhaps the limitation of an out-dated or erroneous belief or point of view – I can get quite stuck in the mires of Uncertainty, Doubt, Indecision and/or Insecurity. When serving as a Corporate Communicator, I seldom suffer as I do in personal day-to-day living ~ and so I recently stepped back and reflected on why that would be: what do I call upon professionally that I do not actively seek personally?
What do you value?
The answer is – Values. Companies identify and define Values to document what matters to them, what is important, the traits and qualities that represent their highest priorities while providing a baseline guide for decision-making and problem solving. Individuals have Values too ~ though many don’t hold the identification and definition of these traits and qualities in quite so formal a manner as Corporations do. For sure I didn’t – and so I’d sometimes find myself flapping whichever way the wind blew me with no sense of what might anchor me in a more grounded way to face the situation before me.
A few weeks ago, I came across a blog post of a woman whose Personal Life Coach had requested she identify her Top 10 Values ~ and then spend time reflecting on what made them so. I was captured by this and enjoyed reading the ten qualities she identified. They were interesting to me as they reflected an image of someone very different from me, but intriguing – someone that would be fascinating to know. In this, I recognized that my Values not only define my character to a certain degree ~ but also allow others to understand me better, to appreciate aspects of my personality and belief system that are similar to theirs – and aspects that are different, and perhaps worth getting to know. This led me to listing my own Top 10 Values ~ and I’m going to share them with you.
Before I do though ~ I’m wondering if you’ve already started to guess what my Values are based on how I’ve presented myself to you in the time we’ve known each other? I’m a firm believer in the wisdom that you are responsible for the energy you bring to each encounter. If I’ve been mindful in my time shared with you – wisps of my essence will have been present. As I think of some of you who will be reading this ~ I wonder what you might hold as Core Values in your own self-identify and definition. I anticipate I’d delight in the surprise of what you’d reveal.
To take this exercise from wistful reflection into practical use ~ I am using this practice to help me navigate this process I’m engaged in that’s leading me to my Next Best Chapter.
What do I Value and hold dear?
What really matters to me?
What path will allow me to enable my heart to sing while responsibly meeting the needs of every day living and meaningful contribution?
How far am I willing to go and where will I refuse to tread?
The answers to these questions and more can be found in my 10 Core Values ~ and I intend to skillfully interpret the information revealed to make decisions that set my Soul a-blaze and my Mind and Body a-moving through the transition that is before me.
Sally’s Top 10 Values:
I’ll share how each of these traits and qualities colours the fabric of Who I Am in a later post.
I’d love to know if you see yourself anywhere in that list. If you’ve felt drawn to me in some way – does this list help you understand why? And did any of the items listed take you by surprise?
At the end of the day – it’s always helpful to remember that, “if you are confused, check with the sun – carry a compass to move you along. Your feet are going to be on the ground, your head is there to move you around just Stand’ …