Values are what is most important to us and give us direction in life – they define the person we want to be. Values can never be achieved, but they influence the quality and purpose of your journey. Take some time to consider your values, thinking about what is important to you. When thinking about values consider:
- Family and friendships – what personal qualities would you like to bring to these relationships? What sort of relationships do you want to create? How would you interact if you were the ideal you in these relationships?
- Work and career – What do you value in your work? What kind of worker would you like to be? If you were living up to your ideal standards, what qualities would you bring to work?
- Leisure / Recreation – What sort of hobbies, activities or sports do you enjoy? How do you relax and unwind, or have fun? What activities would you like to do?
- Parenting – What sort of parent would you like to be? What sort of qualities would you like to have? How would you behave if you were the ‘ideal’ you?
- Health and Wellbeing – How do you want to look after your health? Why is this important to you?
- Spiritual / Religious Beliefs – What does spirituality mean to you? What is important to you in this area of your life?
Once we have defined our values, we can begin to
set meaningful goals.