I want to help you not just survive, but THRIVE in these crazy times. I’m sending you this daily dose of inspiration, because if we set our compass right, we can sail through this!
“If your choices are beautiful, so too will you be.” – Epictetus
Tip # 42: Connect your effort to your values
To tap into your most authentic and empowered self, I invite you to consider deeply what your core values are – then connect them to the goals, habits, tasks and relationships that you prioritise in your life.
This tip has 3 steps:
1) Define what your key values are
2) Consider how these values relate to your goals, ideally they should be at the heart of your goals.
3) Identify the relationships, tasks and habits that you need to prioritise to be aligned with your values
By connecting our values to our goals (as well as the actions, habits and relationships we prioritise) we draw on our deepest motivation and build our resilience in the face of obstacles.
Whenever we feel stress, it is because something we value is at stake. Whenever we feel excited, it is because we sense we are moving towards something we value. Often, however, people can not name for me what their values are. These are the things that drive us, so getting clear on what they are is immensely powerful.
Being able to connect the effort you are putting out, to the things that matter most to you, helps find meaning in stressful moments or tasks. When we know why we are striving towards things, it primes us for regular hits of energising brain chemistry that will supercharge our focus and motivation.
I encourage you to connect to your values and develop the ability to link what you are doing, to the deeper meaning for why you are doing it. This will help us treat each and every moment—no matter how challenging—as something to be embraced, not avoided. To not only be okay with it, but love it and be better for it. So that like oxygen to a fire, obstacles and adversity become fuel for your potential.