What Are Essential Values & How Do They Make Life More Meaningful?
Essential values are personal drivers to how you live your life. They encompass the main aspects of your life that you would choose to live by on "your best day".
Knowing your essential values is "essential!" to making good decisions, and will help you to remove the excess theoretical clutter from your life to make you the best form of yourself that you can be.
Having your essential values and morals in alignment with your goals will make these goals achievable, because each day you will be reminded of your purpose and meaning in life.
Examples Of Essential Values
These are just a few of countless essential values. The amazing thing is that your set of core values is unique to you.
YOU get to decide the person you would like to be on "your best day", and YOU get to decide how you get there with the help of your essential values.
Activity For Discovering Your Three Essential Values
To discover your three essential values that apply to all areas of your life, complete the following activity in a journal.
Begin with three blank lines numbered #1, #2 & #3
Write out the following phrases and fill in the blank with a sentence that most resonate with you on "your best day"
Find the adjective or verb of that sentence that evokes your emotion, that shows your purpose in the statement
EXAMPLE: On my very best day I would spend most of my time providing for my family.
The Essential Value in that statement is "Providing".
4. Write the essential value you came up with in the #1 spot at the top of your journal.