“He who stands for nothing will fall for everything.”
I found this quote inside when I finished my favorite pocket-sized tin of dark chocolate. And my mind immediately went to assessing how well I live my values. I know, weird. Sometimes my brain does take an interesting twist.
But go with me for a bit, here.
If I don’t stand for anything, or know what I value, then everything becomes okay. Which ultimately means that I’ll probably say “Yes” to everything.
And that then leads to not saying “No” when I need to.
So, let’s back up a bit.
Values are how you express yourself in the world; they are evident in what you do and how you act. Values are neither right nor wrong—they just are. And, they are unique to you.
I’m curious. What do you stand for? What are your values?
Perhaps achievement is important. Or you love a challenge. Maybe you enjoy being helpful to others. Or you’re spiritual, tolerant, honest, creative, dependable, etc.
The question is, “Who are you in the world?”
Once you know what you value, making choices becomes easier. Look at each option and ask yourself how it honors your values. Sometimes a choice actually causes you step on your values!
The point of this exercise is to heighten your awareness of what is important to you, so that you can make conscious choices, and that saying, “Yes” and “No” honestly come from a resonance with your values.
Your Call to Action
What 10-15 values are important to you? Which ones make you feel most alive, put a big grin on your face, or make you say, “Of course!”? How will you use this list to make better choices?