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 keep coming.

(Think of what has happened during only the past month!!)

The resulting emotional roller coaster might seem exciting for a while — but it drains us and it doesn’t move us towards where we want to go. 

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

If we react to everything we get nowhere.

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 values, 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?” If it isn’t you can ignore it. This jumps you over the ‘snakes’.
  2. For the issues you do care about, your values will clearly show you the outcomes you want to create. This gets you up the ‘ladders’ faster.
  3. And because of the way Inner Leadership defines values, the more you live in line with your values, the more alive you will feel and the more energy and inspiration you will have.

This is a time of change. The distractions aren’t going to stop. The only thing you can change is how you respond to them.

The better you know your values, the better you will be able to avoid the snakes and climb the ladders.

The better you know your values, the more antifragile you will become. 

Do you find yourself getting distracted by things that don’t really matter? Would you like to spend more time feeling fully alive and inspired? Have you identified your values?

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

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