Find your values: they’ll keep you focused and make you feel alive

Snakes and ladders board game

In a time of change, new distractions will keep arising all the time. (Think of what has happened during only the past month!)

The resulting emotional roller coaster might seem exciting — but it drains us and it doesn’t get us where we want to be.

If we are not careful, life becomes a game of snakes and ladders: pushing us up a ‘ladder’ one minute and down a ‘snake’ the next.

It turns out that when we engage with everything we get nowhere — because

When everything is a priority, nothing is.

The solution is to know our own priorities. 

And the best way to do that is by finding our values.

When you know your own values in the way they are defined in Inner Leadership, three things will happen:

  1. When an issue arises you can ask yourself, “Is this relevant to my values?” By ignoring the issues that aren’t relevant to your values you jump over the ‘snakes’
  2. For the issues you do care about, your values will clearly show you the outcomes you want to create — so you get to climb the ‘ladders’ more quickly
  3. And because of the way Inner Leadership helps you define your values, the more you live in line with them, the more alive you will feel and the more energy you will have

We are living through a time of change, which means the distractions aren’t going to stop any time soon.

The better you know your values, the better you’ll be able to jump the snakes and climb the ladders.

Do you find yourself getting distracted by things that don’t really matter? Would you like to spend more time feeling fully alive, operating to the maximum of your potential? Have you identified your core values?

Adapted from Inner Leadership: a framework and tools for building inspiration in times of change.

You can sign up to daily posts here.

Photo By Leonard J Matthews via

Leave a Reply