Values and courage
When I think of courage I think of having a strong sense of purpose. But what underpins that courageous purpose?
Well what we know is the basic building block for all of that forward motion is values – personal values.
Values that may not be apparent but nevertheless are part of our decision-making processes.
My values comes from many areas of my lived experience, my parents, my sisters, people I have admired, responses to knowledge gained and experiences had.
What are your core values? Where have they come from? How do your values connect and mesh with those you share your life with?
There are seven essential steps that we have identified to assist you surface your values.
- Understand a simple values framework and consider where your values tend to fit.
- Reflect on the history of your values – who has given you all or some of your values.
- Identify your core values.
- Review the “appearance” of your values during times of disruption.
- Understand how your values are a “coverall” for your day-to-day activities.
- Examine the connection of your values to other’s values.
- Develop a communication process that allows for discussion of values.
What are values?
Values are the principles that help you to decide what is right and wrong. These principles, in turn, guide your actions, behaviours and thinking in various situations.
The most useful starting point when surfacing and sorting your values is to find the words that match the principle.
Words like these:
Affectus has a simple one-hour Values to Guide Your Through workshop scheduled for 28 April 2020.
It will help you identify your core values and develop a process to allow these values to guide you through. Additionally, you will be provided with a simple structure for conversations about values.
If you choose not to join the online workshop I encourage you to surface your values, develop some conversational processes to share, and discuss your core values with those who share your (COVID19) life.
It will assist you to get through this challenging time – and beyond.
Finally, and repeating something mentioned above, what I know is the basic building block for all of that forward motion is values – personal values.
By identifying your values you will have a strong foundation to move courageously forward.