Have you ever wondered what your purpose is in life?
Do you feel sometimes like life is rushing you along and you’re getting swept along with the current without a huge amount of control over the direction?
How does that make you feel?
Is this at odds with your values?
Does it make you feel uncomfortable?
Or are you quite happy to crash through the rapids excited by the twists and turns and energized by the sense of wonder of what lies beyond the next cliff edge?
Regardless of the answer I think that we all have values that we hold dear and once we understand these then our purpose can start to emerge.
Sometimes we learn that the values that we thought were most important to us are in fact secondary to other values that have been lying dormant.
This is where values conflicts can surface manifesting themselves in anxiety and sometimes even depression.
Let me give you an example…………
I used to think that my primary values were significance and certainty and lived my life staunchly by these principles.
These values alone did not serve me and I felt like I was in a constant battle with myself as I tried to establish myself and set my life journey ahead of me.
I had no time for any other philosophy and was somewhat inflexible in my approach.
This incongruency set me down a path of personal development where I gradually had an epiphany.
I arrived at the conclusion that Growth, Connection and Contribution were my key values.
As this reality dawned on me it made me feel like a huge weight had been lifted off my shoulders.
With my values now clear and my purpose visible many other things began to fall into place.
Relationships, business, family, friends, clients all navigated gracefully a little more confident that my actions and words are consistent with my new found values!
So what are your values and how comfortable are you with them?
Love, Connection, Certainty, Variety, Growth & Contribution!