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 arising all the time.

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

Social media and the 24/7 news cycle make the situation worse.

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

If we are not careful, our life can become 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.

The root cause is that:

When everything is a priority, nothing is.

The solution is to know our own priorities. 

The best way to do that is by finding your values.

When you know your values, in the way we define them in Inner Leadership, three things can 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 is like jumping over the snakes.
  2. For the issues you do care about, your values will enable you to define quickly 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 to create the results you want to create.

We are living through a time of change. The distractions aren’t going to stop, they are going to increase. The only thing you can change is the way you respond to them.

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