Yesterday we were all challenged to think of where we spend our time, energy, and focus. This helps us in identifying our values and what WE stand for, not where we think we "should" be in order to fit in with others. In thinking about these values, our next step is to brainstorm and write this list of values down. Even if the list may not be your specific values as of yet, write down all common and uncommon values you can think of. Some examples include: health, learning, honesty, loyalty, & kindness.
Feel free to ask friends for examples of values....NOT so you can mimic their values, but so you can have a large list to brainstorm. Feel free to do an internet search on a list of values as well.
After you have your values list made, sit down for no longer than 5 minutes and read through the list. Circle which values resonate with you and seem to fit with you.
After your time is up, create a new list with your circled values. These are the values that most likely fit with your heart! How awesome is that?
This list takes time and requires being still and listening. We hope it also provides clarity. Thanks for reading, but we're not done yet! We have much more to say about these values and much more to do with them.
Source: "Determine What Will Make You Happy by Identifying Your Values" by Debra Smouse on Tiny Budda
Written by: Tamara Portee MA, LMHC, LCAC
*Tamara enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, & couples counseling at Imagine Hope. We also specialize in family counseling, child & adolescent counseling. Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Noblesville, Zionsville, Westfield & Fishers.