We have discussed this week what values are and how to identify them. Today we are going to focus on naming them. Why is it so important to do this? Values are our driving force-they motivate us and guide us. If you don’t know what is important to you, you may end up floundering through life, with no goals or purpose. How many times have you caught yourself thinking one way, but doing another? This is a sign that your values and your life are not in tune. If you find yourself struggling with difficult choices, or are constantly second-guessing yourself, your values are not what are guiding your life. You may want to evaluate what outside influences are impacting your decision-making. If your actions are not congruent with who you are at your core, you have some work to do!
If you can name your values, then you can live them. Your values and your actions align. When your values are your driving force, you end up thinking and doing the same thing-which brings peace and calm to your life, even during difficult times.
Don’t just continue to wander through life, not being aware of what is your driving force. Take some time to evaluate who you are and what you stand for-so that your actions are a true representation of the person you really are!
Check in tomorrow as we continue to talk more about clarity with values. As always, thanks for stopping by!
Source: “Determine What Will Make You Happy by Identifying Your Values” by Debra Smouse on Tiny Budda
Written by Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW
Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Christy enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Christy also provides family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.
Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.