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What Makes a Value

Updated: Nov 9, 2020

When you think about what you value what pops into your mind? So often we don't take the time to really think about what we value and ironically what we value determines our every step. Value is defined as "a person's principles or standards of behavior; one's judgment of what is important in life." Values are what we use to determine if we are succeeding or failing and they are what keep us motivated in our relationships, our work and our recreation. We live and die by our values!



The big question is how do I know what my values are. When I take people through the Pathmaker assessment I ask them to sort through a list of 25 values and narrow it down to four or five. As we discuss the values they chose we are able to wrestle through what it is those things they truly value. For instance, someone can choose structure & organization as a high value (which sounds like an administrative value) but, as we talk more we discover that the reason they value structure & organization is because they want to provide safety to others. I highly recommend wrestling through your values with someone else. Maybe a friend or family member (make sure they're one of your safe people). The process of discovering your values is just as important as knowing what your values are. Once you know what they are look for them! Notice where they show up in your life. Notice where they are missing and, how that affects your ability to function to your highest potential. Notice when they show up in everyday tasks and interactions and how it makes you feel to live from them.


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