A guiding light for your career or personal journey

October 29, 2018

Recently I wrote about some frustrations I had with core values … how they are forgotten or misused. I must have triggered something because almost every conversation this week people were frustrated, and we traced it back to core values.

Do you ever get frustrated because some “people at your company” declared the company core values (it’s on the website so it must be true) but the leaders aren’t living up to them?

Do you ever get frustrated with another person because they aren’t behaving the way you think is right?

Do you think about getting out of leadership because people don’t appreciate you what you’ve done for them and talk trash about you?

Instead of being frustrated, I am going to tell you what happens when you KNOW your values and consciously act on them with consistency. Your values are your values, not someone else’s (let that sink in deeply).

Being grounded in your values is like having a guiding light on your journey whether it’s in your career or personal life. When you use core values to guide you, you will experience…

  • Stronger relationships
  • Better problem solving/decision making
  • Greater happiness and fulfillment
  • Greater confidence and self-esteem
  • Ability to cope with stress
  • Higher levels of productivity and perseverance

Here’s an example: Last week I planned to vote after my dermatology appointment. It was a cold, dreary, rainy day; I was hurting after a chunk of my face was burned off. But my core value of fairness made me turn in the parking lot and slog into the voting precinct. How fair would it be to keep driving when brave people sacrificed and died for my right to vote? By honoring my values, I got the pleasure of watching a young mother with a weeks-old baby brave the nasty weather to exercise her right to vote as well (inspiring!).

Whatever is important to you (values) will drive your behavior and actions. The question is, are you aware or not?

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