One of the most beneficial exercises I completed in one of my training sessions 10 years ago remains relevant today. And I continue to use these exercises with my clients. We identify and then pay very close attention to what they value and how living these values make them FEEL. Once established, we explore options, choose, plan and execute what they want professionally and personally. Actions without looking deeply into how one wants to feel will not be sustaining over time.
Decisions become so much easier once you have clearly defined what you are about.
Check out these exercises to tease out what’s important to you.
Excerpts below from: The Coaches Training Institute
Describe a time in your past when you experienced a “perfect moment”. Don’t analyze this. Just do it. It doesn’t have to be the “best” perfect moment…. just a perfect moment…a peak moment.
Imagine that you have no limits, no financial constraints and no past. What is your ideal life? What is there, clearly and specifically?
A value is a spark plug. It is inherent to who you are. Values are the things that are important to you. Actions aligned with values make your life magic. Looking at your life, your perfect moment and ideal day, what are your values? List at least ten. Rank them in order of importance. After each one, on a scale of 0-10 (0 meaning you are not honoring your values and 10 meaning that you live that value every minute of every day), how well are you living that value?
As 2013 comes to an end, I encourage you to spend time contemplating your values. Then, let the dreaming and planning for 2014 begin!