What you do speaks so loudly
I can not hear what you say.
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Values is our next focus for this process of writing your Personal Mission Statement.
What you value is an important part of who you are.
It says a lot about how you were raised and how you have evolved, grown, and changed through your experience of LIFE.
It is what has become important to you.
Here is one definition of Values:
“A person’s principles or standards of behavior; one’s judgment of what is important in life.”
Some synonyms are: Principles, ethics, moral code, standards, code of behavior.
Use this free workbook page for this part of your process.
The instructions should be clear on the worksheet… select the ones that are most important, then, rank them in order.
The two steps are important, even if tedious to choose and then rank.
Take your time. Don’t rush.
Figure yourself out.
I do this exercise myself every time I ask someone(s) else to do it. It makes me think, every time.
- Do I value being appreciated or respected?
- Is accumulating knowledge important to me? (Yes….if it is knowledge to be used in understanding.)
- While I prefer going to the grocery store without having to add up my costs as I put things in my cart (which I did for many years of raising a growing family on a budget) and while I enjoy having some discretionary funds, neither Financial Security nor Accumulation of wealthy ever make it to my list of 10.
That is always an interesting conversation I have with myself after this exercise.
I have consistency… Spirituality and Faith are always #1; Wisdom, Openness, Self-awareness, a sense of humor are always on my list.
Who I am is made up of what I value.
Tackle your worksheet with honesty and thought.
Choose values you hold dear.