I have learned something very important about how we all think and look at life. We all value things differently. We have different ideas about values in our life that are important to us and how we prioritise them.
For me, I have spent time thinking what is important to me. I must understand what I value in order that I grow.
I have come up with a list of 10 words that best describe what I value:
Peace, security, freedom, relationships, comfort, achievement, rewards, flexibility, satisfaction and balance.
These values describe the sort of person I am.
I will explain in more detail the items on my list.
Peace to me is about living a balanced life of work and play, it means the chance to relax and spend time with family and friends. It is about living with a little amount of stress as possible, being healthy, having a clear mind and feeling happy and fulfilled.
Security is about being free from debt, having stability, feeling safe and protected. It is about having confidence, feeling positive and having peace of mind.
For me, freedom is about having time to spend doing the things I love, being able to relax, having flexibility with my work and living a balanced life.
Relationships are important to me because it gives me a sense of belonging, help and support from others if I need them and vice versa, feeling protected and happy. Having people to share my life with and have their loyalty. It is also about keeping the good people in my life and keeping the bad out.
Comfort is about having a roof over my head, having financial independence, money to spend on recreation, having holidays and good health. Comfort is about having the little extras in life to enjoy.
Achievement is feeling good about something I have earned through hard work and effort. This is important because of the rewards I will receive as a result of the achievement.
Rewards for me are about gaining as a result of hard work and effort.
Being able to have a flexible working life is really important to me as I can work around my family commitments. I do not have to worry about fitting my life around my work but fitting my work around my life.
Satisfaction is all about being grateful for everything that I have. My desires and needs are fulfilled. It gives me happiness and a feeling of contentment.
Balance is important so that I have equal time at work between doing the things I want and spending time with friends and family. I do not want to spend all my time working as it is not good for my health and to not spend too much time on recreation as I will not reap any rewards.
To move forward and really know who we are, we need to think what we value the most. We all have different values and rate them of importance differently. We all live our lives by what we value.
The best way how to discover what our values are is to think of 10 values. List them in order of importance and think of words that describe each value and what each one means.