Everybody has a hierarchy of values which range from the most important to the second most important all the way down to the least important. These values determine a range of things like the clothes we wear the things we buy the things we talk about and the activities we’re willing to spend our time money and energy on. By the end of this video you’ll know how to work yours out.
Learning about your values and identifying the top three is one of the most important things you can ever do to improve the quality of your life.
Imagine knowing clearly and exactly what inspires you so you can use that information directly to clarify your purpose in addition when you understand what other people value it is so much easier to communicate with them helping you improve relationships and achieve more.
To provide some background of the historic origins axiology from the Greek is the study of value or worth think of your values like your axis or compass in life that direct your attention towards the things which are most important to you. Teleology on the other hand is the study of your highest value whereas the Greeks called it your telos. The reason why it’s important to know your highest value is because it identifies your purpose, the end in mind.
So you may be asking how do I know what my values are? There are exercises which use our minds to think what our values are however these often inject past conditioning and beliefs into our experience and cloud our judgment leading to injected values. Imperative words such as “should” are an indication of injected values. Moral, society, family, spiritual and other social norms and standards can influence what we believe we should be like and what is good, so we end up with a wonderful sounding list of values but it is not a reflection of who we truly are and leads to cognitive dissonance. When we try to be what other people think we should be or we think a fantasy version of us should be like this causes us challenge and suffering and is not a true indication of our values.
“Your actions speak so loudly I can’t hear what you’re saying.” The most accurate method I’ve found to know your values is by asking yourself a set of simple questions developed by Dr John Demartini which help show you what you truly value. Your primary focus in the exercise is to observe your behavior and write down what you see as opposed to use your brain to work out your values.
Answer questions such: as:
- How do you fill your space?
- How do you spend your time?
- How do you spend your energy and
- How do you spend your money?
The content of the answer which comes up most frequently for you illustrates your highest value then your second highest and so on; things which do not show up in your list are not highly valued by you. Once you know your values you can use that knowledge to inspire yourself to action by focusing on the areas which are truly important and not injected by society or well wishes
For support with this process insights or coaching visit my website www.inspirationtosuccess.com.
I truly believe any time or money invested in clarifying your values is absolutely worthwhile and encourage you to take the time to identify your values soon.
Remember to “Shine your light so brightly it illuminates the path for others,” and we’ll see a natural evolution of us all thank you for taking the time to watch this video today and I look forward to seeing you on my site.