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Knowing Your Values Can Help You Know Yourself A Little Better

Knowing Your Values Can Help You Know Yourself A Little Better

Knowing Your Values Can Help You Know Yourself A Little Better

Ask yourself, "What is important to me that I be or show in my life, and how can I start being or showing those things now?"

How can you start on your self-reflective journey toward an empowered life which has meaning for YOU?

What is a value?

Generally speaking, a value is something that resonates with your beliefs, cultures and morals. They are things that you feel hold high importance in all aspects of your life (such as work, health, fitness, love, friendship, family, spiritually, religiously or relaxation).

Values help you decide your priorities and guide your life in whichever direction you choose. When your thoughts, actions and life in general align with your values, you usually feel happy and vibrant.

If things do not match your values, it is normally when things are hard, painful or just feel “wrong” and a source for unhappiness. You’ll find that things that really get to you or make you angry/upset are usually because the source of that unhappiness (a person, or thing) has disrespected one of your values. For example, if you hold honesty as an important value, you may be incredibly hurt if someone lies to you.

This is why finding what your personal values are can be very important. They help you to make positive meaningful choices and plans to improve your life, and aid you in moving forward; maturing into an individual you would like to be, someone who acts, thinks and behaves in such a manner that compliments your values.

Below is a list of values. If you feel like it, write down or mark some of the values that you feel hold high significance or importance in YOUR life.

Be honest, no one else has to see it. At first there should be plenty that you find are appropriate or significant to you. But add any others that are important to you as you go along. Then try to break down the list you have into the six values that you hold of highest importance. These values represent what you stand for as a human being. And from here you are able to utilise this knowledge by proactively and consciously making choices and goals that work with those values.

It is sometimes really important to discover other people's values, so you know what things are appropriate or not-so-appropriate to do or act or say around them. Their values will not be the same as yours, so understanding other people's values enables you to understand them better also.

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Acceptance: to accept differences in myself, others, life etc in a non-judgemental way.
Adventure: to be adventurous; to seek new unfamiliar experiences.  
Affectionate: to show affection and non-intimate love through body language, word and deed.
Altruism: to have a selfless concern for the well-being and care of others.
Appreciation: to appreciate, acknowledge and nurture unique qualities in others, our world, and in deeds.
Assertiveness: to stand up for myself and others calmly and with respect, stand my ground with confidence not arrogance.
Caring: to be care for others and our world.
Challenge: to attempt things outside of my comfort zone in order to grow and learn. 
Commitment: to be completely dedicated to a person, belief or cause.
Community: to participate and give back to my community to enhance everyone's sense of security and belonging.
Courage: to be brave enough to face of threats, challenges, fears or the unknown.
Creativity: to create and innovate.
Curiosity: to be curious about ourselves, others and to explore the endless opportunities around us.
Decisive: to weigh up and make decisions wisely.
Empathic/Empathetic: see things from other’s points of view.
Encouraging: to be emotionally, verbally or physically supportive, positive, helpful, encouraging of others without reference to ourselves.
Fairness: to be equitable and open-minded in dealings with myself or others.
Faithful: to listen to and respect my beliefs, and choose my own way of doing things. 
Financial security: to have enough resources to meet the ongoing needs of yourself and family without requiring assistance. 
Fun: to be fun-loving; to seek, create, and engage in fun-filled activities.
Generosity: to be generous, sharing and giving, to myself or others.
Grace: to show gratitude, be appreciative and grateful for positives.
Humour: to laugh easily, to see and appreciate the funny side, even laugh at yourself.
Independence: to be self-supportive of my mind body and soul.
Influential: To influence or guide others.
Insightful: to be aware of my own thoughts, feelings and actions.
Intimacy: to be open, unashamedly share myself emotionally or physically in relationships.
Kindness: to be kind, compassionate,and caring in word, thought and deed.
Knowledgeable: to have informed oneself well, continue learning, educated.
Loyalty: to stand by those important to us and our ideals.
Modesty: to be content in my own achievements.
Patience: to wait with calmness and understanding.
Persistence: to carry on stubbornly despite challenges.
Respect: to have manners and a non-judgemental awareness of the needs and beliefs of others.
Responsibility: to be responsible, answerable and accountable for my actions.
Romance: to show and emotionally express love or strong affection.
Safety: to both feel and be protected.
Sensuality: to enjoy and explore stimulation of the senses.
Skilfulness: to sustain effort in practice to improve my skills, and demonstrate those skills well.
Sincerity: to be free of deceit, pretense, hypocrisy or falsity.
Spirituality: to feel and demonstrate a connection with an idea or energy greater than me. 
Trust: to be trustworthy, to be able to damage someone with their secret but choosing not to.
Wisdom: to have experience, knowledge and good judgement

Sjana x

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