Today, I want to talk about values. They guide our lives and are like a compass to keep us on the clear path – the straight and narrow. We learned basic values as young children, and then continue to evolve and adapt them as we grow into adulthood and figure out who we truly are. Along the way things can sometimes get murky…
Part of growing up involves questioning the values we’ve grown up with and sometimes, we simply disregard some of the values we’ve grown up with, neglecting the important step of setting up a clear new system of values to guide us.
The beauty of living a purpose driven life is that as soon as you start paying attention to what you want to accomplish and start to live with purpose, your values become crystal clear. You know without a shadow of a doubt what’s most important to you.
You may choose family over a big raise or overtime. You may choose working hard now and saving for a big purchase later over instant gratification. You may choose going out and making friends or exercising (or both at once) over sleeping in on the weekend. You get the idea.
When you live with purpose… no matter how big or small those purposes may be… you live based on your values. When you look at it and think about it for a minute, the more you practice them, the more those values will be very clear to you. You’ll learn what’s most important to you. That, in turn, will help you move forward in a positive direction throughout the rest of your life.
Once you are clear about your values and have them defined, it becomes much easier to make daily decisions and choices. With your value compass in place, you only have to ask yourself if what you are doing is aligning with those values. That in turn makes your life a lot easier.
You no longer have to agonize or second guess yourself. Instead, you make the decision and can relax in the confidence that it’s the right one.
Having a moral compass and set of values gives you a lot of confidence. You know, without a shadow of a doubt, that you’re doing the right thing and are moving in the right direction.
Between that certainty and the passion and excitement a purpose driven life brings, you’ll know you’re on the right path. That takes stress, worry, and second guessing out of the equation, saving your energy for what truly matters.
You’ll find yourself calmly moving through life, making smart, forward-thinking decisions, taking positive action, and moving along almost effortlessly.
I’m sure you’ve noticed people around you who have a strong purpose and values. They stride through life instead of stumbling. That’s the goal and that’s what I want you to get out of this 30 Day Living with Purpose challenge – to STRIDE through your life with that defined, driven and confident sense of purpose so strong that literally nothing can get in your way.
Start paying attention to your own moral compass of values and let it guide you well on this sometimes complicated, and sometimes treacherous path of living life.
Not sure of your path? Go back and read some of the earlier blog entries and do the work to help you define your path and be sure of where you are going and what you want at the end of this 30 Day journey.