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Written by: Vickie Bevenour
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Coach Vickie Bevenour
Last month I talked about discovering your personal values and living your life of purpose in alignment with those values. Having trouble finding those 3 to 5 values in your life? Tune into your heart, your head and your gut…
Why are there so many self-help books out there? Do we truly believe that some author might know us better than we know ourselves? Take clues from what your heart really tells you, listen to your gut and let your mind think through to a positive place rather than sabotaging what your instinct is trying to tell you.
Cindy was the President of a Business Unit within a large pharmaceutical company. She was always running late and keeping everyone on her staff waiting for scheduled appointments. I worked with her on some intense discovery and she realized that her number one value was “respect for others”. When asked the obvious question of how her value was aligned with her behaviors, her mind immediately kicked into rationalization mode. When customers called, she had to talk with them. And, what was she supposed to do when the CEO demanded to see her? I suggested that for one week she agree to stick to her schedule. The key for Cindy was deciding on a substitute behavior to use. She listened to her gut and decided that she would summon the courage to be honest. Ten minutes before the scheduled end of a meeting, she would suggest that they begin to wrap up because she has made it her personal policy not to keep people waiting. That is so empowering! It is also the exact formula to sustaining top performance.
Still struggling with your personal values? Ask yourself the following questions:
- Who is it that I really respect? What are the three things that I respect most about them?
- Who am I at my best?
- At the end of my life what will be the 3 biggest lessons that I have learned?
- What is the one sentence that I would like on my tombstone?
- List your top 5 strengths.
- List your top 5 values.
- Write 3 sentences reflecting your deepest values.
Commit to living by these values each and every day. Congratulations, you are well on your way to sustaining top performance by deriving results from within yourself.
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