Do you know what your values are? Yes, I am talking to you. I am all ears. Let’s explore this question together and have a conversation about what matters to you. Oh yeah, I will be sharing from my life as well. We can get to know each other.
Last weekend I attended a workshop by John Forsyth based on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and participated in several experiential exercises. I really liked the one focused on values.
Values are the life compass to leading a life of purpose and meaningfulness, which translates, to a life infused with vitality. There are 10 common domains in life that can help us find our true north. I will share those with you in a minute.
I find it useful to periodically clarify my values. When I am clear about what I am about and what I stand for I find there is an ease to being straightforward in my actions.
If you are willing you can join me over the next few weeks in an adventure of values exploration.
As you read over the 10 domains ask yourself:
- Deep down inside, what is important to me?
- What sort of qualities do I want to cultivate as a person?
- How do I want to be in my relationship with others?
- What do I care about?
I encourage you to write your thoughts down and save for next week. There are no right or wrong answers.
- Family relations
- Marriage/ couples/ intimate relations
- Friendships/ social life
- Career/ employment/ work
- Education/ learning/ personal growth and development
- Recreation/ fun/ leisure
- Citizenship/ environment/ community life/ nature
- Health/ physical well-being and self-care
Keep in mind values and goals are different. We will discuss the difference between values and goals next time.
(c) 2011 Brenda Bomgardner