Being able to name your true values is pretty essential. Too often, we spend our time and energy on things that feel like a burden because we’re “supposed to,” and we wonder why we’re so unhappy.
When we’re not acting in tune with our own values, we make decisions that make some imaginary judge happy but not ourselves.
Name your values: Love, adventure, family, learning — what ideals are the most important to you? In your work life, is it more important to create something new or to touch people’s lives? Start getting detailed about how these values play out in your life.
If you value equality, what does that mean to you? Where would you like to see that value applied or lived out more in your life? For each of your major values, list a few ways you could act more in alignment there.
I’m no great moral authority, and I will never tell you how to live your life — your decisions, your morals, your soul are all your own — but I’ll tell ya things get a lot more clear when you can name your values.