It’s basically a miracle to leave Target without spending an extra $1,000 on 1,000 things I don’t need. It’s imperative that I have a list before I walk through those doors: a written down in pen-and-paper (not on my phone) list otherwise I’m inevitably sidetracked. All those office supplies. All those cute pillows! All those adorable baby rompers!
A list acts as a guide map. It decides what to say “YES, please” to, and what to say, “No, Thank You” to. Which is why, even if you aren’t a big fan of New Year’s Resolutions, it’s imperative that you reflect yearly on the guiding values that give shape to the course of your life. Otherwise you’re going to get to the end of the year with a cart full of stuff you really don’t want. A list of Core Values helps you prioritize. (I talked a little bit about how this relates to self-care in my post what yoga says about priorities.)
Core Values reflect who you are at your deepest level of self-awareness and self-understanding. When you are in line with your core values, you live a life of integrity: every decision you make and every action you take is informed by these values. When you are not in line with your Core Values, you’re likely to feel frustrated, trapped, frantic, disconnected and exhausted. When you are in line with your Core Values, you feel refreshed, purposeful, optimistic, relieved and authentic.
Core Values help you move forward in your life with clarity and direction. They serve as guide posts on your journey of becoming empowered to live your best life. They help you decide how to spend your time, where to put your energy and how you serve your community with authenticity.
Download this exercise to get your List Started. Reach out to me with any questions or comments, I’d love to hear your List! (And also, yes, of course I will go to Target with you!)
P.S. I’ll admit that I’m an over-ambitious New Year goal setter; I’m sure that comes as no surprise to you. I set goals in 4 different categories: personal goals, professional goals, relational goals and spiritual practice goals. See how I organize them in this post: lean forward, get upside down, and set a resolution.
Happy New Year!