They are the notches on the yardstick we use to measure the success of our own lives.
When our lives reflect our values, we experience contentment. When our lives and our values are in conflict we experience stress, or even distress if they’re far out of alignment.
We don’t think about our values in day-to-day life. They can seem abstract, whereas ordinary life is usually practical. But that doesn’t mean that we should lose sight of them.
Have you ever gone through the process of identifying your individual values in order of importance?
Awareness always precedes effective action. In order to create greater harmony between your life and your values, you first have to be aware of your values.
If you are already keenly aware of what matters most to you, have you successfully incorporated those values into your daily life?
In the quest for greater contentment the aim of action is to fill your time with valuable experiences. Because a life that embodies your values generates massive contentment.
To achieve that you must first be aware of how your time is used now. Then you can compare that to your most authentic life, the ideal life that enables full expression of your values. Knowledge of how your reality and your ideal differ enables you to consider practical ways to close the gap. Finally, you can act on your insights with a plan to begin making the necessary changes to increase your quality of life.
I have created a Values Hierarchy Exercise (VHE) out of my research and experience to serve as a guide for this whole process. I’ve used it several times and it’s invaluable for illuminating those deeper aspects of quality of life. I recently revised it into the Values Hierarchy Exercise – Expanded Edition to make it an easy to use tool for you to use, too.
When you complete this exercise, allow your mind to be free of limitations and acknowledge the importance of your feelings. The VHE is an exercise of becoming reacquainted with your deepest self. Don’t hold back. Be honest. Be thorough. Be excited about your future.
BODY – MIND – SPIRIT