Saturday, 24 January 2015

Secret To Living Happy And Motivated : Support Your Core Values

By Louisa Chan

We talk of dreaming big and achieving meaningful goals by living out our core values. When we align our decisions and actions to serve these values, we live inspired and energized.

Are you serving your core values? If know your top 3 values you can do a simple exercise that will show you whether or not you are serving your core values.

Let us look at your top 3 values and use "time spent" as one criteria to give us a sense of where you are with these values. What amount of time would you want to spend on activities that support each of your core values?

Then based on the past week, chart down the amount of time you actually did spend on each of these values.

For example if family, work and health are your top 3 core values, then based on the last week, how much of your waking time was spent in supporting these top 3 values?

We can take "Family Time" to be time spent being with your family members, doing things together, having discussion or sharing etc.

"Work Time" would include time you take to commute, time spent on the phone or computer doing work after you get home, time spent away from home on work trips etc.

Likewise, you can also decide the "Health" bucket to include time spent on doing groceries for your healthy food, preparing for meals, washing up, time at the gym or time spent meditating etc.

Now compare the two sets of time and see what trend you see.

If the results come as a surprise to you, then what changes would you like to implement?

Let Your Core Values Be Your Compass Knowing you values is great; yet these values do not show up in your life and are not realized unless you take actions and make corresponding decisions that support them. Having "love" on top of the list is a good start. Not acting on it or working it out will soon takes its toll and generate a feeling of guilt. The disconnect between your value and your life will cause stress.

We do not want to drift through life reacting to the daily "urgent" matters and be caught up in crisis management mode. We do not want to live in the stress zone where life is spent reacting to what is presented to us by the environment. We want to be in control and live with purpose and joy.

I hope you will take a little time to go through these exercises. The clearer your values and the more willing you are in serving these values the more inspired and purposeful will be your life. Let your values be your compass for making everyday decisions.

If you are stressed out or lethargic emotionally and mentally, you can use my short exercise on values to help you understand how to get back on track and live an inspired, energized and refreshing life again.

About The Author
The series of free articles on the importance of core values and how you can identify them are at my blog here: Read the series of articles here and do the exercises and you can experience motivation and fulfillment in your life again.

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