I was hitting up the internet for help with some questions, and ended up listening to Anthony Robbins’ “Career: Find Your True Gift”. Although I’ve yet to come to a conclusion on that topic, in listening to his interview with Steven R. Covey, I was prompted to figure out what my values are. Not knowing quite where to start, I went looking for some help and found this list.
From there, I started with a “short” list of 24, narrowed that to eight, then prioritizing shrunk that list to six, then I constructed this values statement:
My values are to use my creativity to maintain a positive outlook towards my endeavors. These endeavors currently include maintaining my health and helping others see that getting to and maintaining their health is a key to so many of their life’s desires. I also view personal growth as another key to a more satisfying, balanced life. For me, growth is a stepping stone to a sense of belonging, compassion and empathy for others, and ultimately self-actualization. Strength is something I have striven for my entire life. However, my views of what strength is, have changed in the last few years. Strength is not just a physical trait or mental toughness, but also the ability to be vulnerable and ask for help. I believe all of this, and much more, leads to the creation of joy! I've come to see joy not as a state of mind, but a state of moments. I believe I can be joyful over a moment without it requiring that I am also happy with my life in entirety.
This statement feels really true for me. Health and it's close relative, fitness, have been important to me since my adolescence. I need to employ my creativity to come up with a plan I will stick with to ensure my health, mobility and ultimately a more joy-filled future. I have a strong desire to continue to learn and grow, strengthening my natural areas of weakness and employing my strengths to assist. And while I have so much to be grateful for, I can always use more joy-filled moments.
Do you have a values statement?
If so, I'd love to know what's important to you and why. If not, perhaps this will inspire you to write a values or mission statement. It's never too late, and our values change throughout our lives any way!