God created each one of us uniquely. He placed certain values in each of us that can dictate the direction of our lives.. Our values help guide the decisions that we make in life. To help us make the best decisions we have to be aware of and in tuned to our values. But being aware of and in tuned with them doesn’t mean that we will automatically make the right or best decisions. We have to value our values enough to stand up for them/ourselves if we are going to be able to live a grounded, mind-well being and authentic lifestyle.
Values play an important role in one’s mental well-being. When we follow our core values we feel authentic and principled, but when we lose sight of them or go against them, we become numb with guilt and shame and can be devoured by a sense of utter meaninglessness. Values enhance the self, and when we love, connect, grow, appreciate, and protect them, we become more valuable. We enhance our feeling of being well-grounded and a good person and feel as if we are in the place that we are supposed to be at when we live by our values and allow them to dictate our decision making. We feel content and satisfied when the decisions that we make match our values and our priorities. However, when our decisions don’t align with our values, that’s when we start feeling like something’s wrong, and this can lead to dissatisfaction, frustration and in some instances, even bitterness and resentment. To avoid this, we must make a real effort to identify what our values actually are and live by them.
Our values may be different than the next person and that is okay. They are what God has placed in each one of us to make us unique. He placed certain values in us to help guide us into the person that he made us to be and to help fulfill our life’s purpose. Because our values are what is important to us we feel pleased and satisfied with ourselves when we live by them/base our decision making on them.
Do you know what your core values are? Are you satisfied with yourself and the choices and decisions that you make? Do you feel dissatisfied or frustrated with yourself or with life? I have included some questions to ask yourself to help you figure out what your core values are so that you can start to honor them and yourself by living your life accordingly. Being able to understand ourselves and why we do what we do sometimes can be freeing and allow you to be who you were created to be.
Who is someone that you admire/look up to? What is it that you admire about them?
What are your strengths? What do you do well? What do you feel good about yourself when you do it?
If you were to pass away today how would you want others to remember you?
You can look at a list of core values here https://images.app.goo.gl/uAift8GiJyUeWtC36. List all of the words that express what is important to you/what you value. You will end up with a list of things that are important to you and add meaning to life.. You can then go alittle deeper and narrow down which ones you want to honor by your actions and way of life. You can compare the 1st two words to each other and choose which one is more important and cross the other out. Do this until you have 5-10 core values.
Once you figure out your core values use at least 5 of them and Keep these in the front of your mind and when faced with a choice or a decision, the opportunity to react in a situation, or handling conflict, ask yourself what action would compliment or go along with your core values,, staying true to who you are and what is important to you.
When we live our lives staying true to our values we are happy and feel a sense of completeness. We feel generally good about ourselves. We feel more energetic and outgoing. And we have a sense of self love.
I would love to hear if and how these questions helped you by leaving a comment below. Blessings to all.