I’ve decided to devote January 2013 to a discussion on values. Thanks for joining me!
Values are the glue that holds us together, the things that we hang our decisions on, the place that we get really angry when they aren’t upheld and the thing that makes us feel at peace and content when they are really being honored.
By identifying and being aware of our core values we can get clear on why we are feeling the way we are, how to make better decisions and how to feel more at peace at home at work and in all we do.
Value - Customer Service
Here’s how it works. If a business really values customer service, they will bend over backwards to serve the customer. They will train their staff on how to treat a customer, what to say and what they can offer the customer. If they value quality service, they will also work hard to test their product, back it up and ensure it is top notch. This may mean that although they may value efficiency, it may take a back seat to customer service and quality some times and they will work hard with their customer to have them understand that it might take a bit longer, but it will be worth their wait.
Value - Education
Get the picture in business? Now what about in your personal life? Let me use a personal example. My top core value is family. You know that saying blood is thicker than water. Well, I’d die for my children. They mean the world to me. I also value education. I went on after high school to get a college diploma and have gone back to school many times as an adult learner to get my degree and other significant training. When my boys indicated to me that post secondary wasn’t up their alley, I had to step back and feel into my values. I realized that in some ways it wasn’t education that was my value but personal growth. For me, advanced education has always meant personal growth. For my boys, they are experiencing life as their teacher, for now. Have I let formal education go? No, it’s too strong of a value for me, however I have to be aware of how my values clash with theirs sometime and that helps me to consider my interactions.
Value - Friendship
The first step is to identify your core values and get a sense of what they really mean. Honesty is another strong value of mine. It is close to authenticity and integrity. Sometimes I Google value definitions, which helps me get a sense of what they really mean. Then I know when I use them that I am describing what I want. It helps though to be clear with others. We don’t always share the same definitions. When I say I value friendship, it means something different to me than it does to you.
Join me in the discussion this month. You will find greater clarity and direction.
Join me this month in an ongoing look and discussion about values. I will be sharing on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, YouTube and Google+. Find the right spot for you to join in the conversation and start looking at values and what they mean to you.
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
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January 1, 2013
Identify your core values and learn how to use them every day to create the life you want.