I recently attended the funeral of a great-uncle and it was awesome to hear about the legacy he had left behind. Story after story told of deeply spiritual man who contributed in many ways to his family, his local community, New Zealand and the World and also of a man who accomplished great things in the business world.
Imagine you were a guest at your own funeral. What would you be proud to hear your family and friends say about you and how you lived your life?
One way to live you life with purpose is to take the time to discover your values.
What are the things you most admire and wish to be part of who you are and are important to the way you live and work?
Our values are our internal GPS and guide us through life.
All human behaviour is belief driven but if we don’t act on our values they are just shallow beliefs.
It is our beliefs that develop our values in the areas of happiness, family, success and our vocations, so our beliefs contribute to our values which forms our attitudes and ultimately shows up in our behaviour. Without self-awareness of our values we can find ourself behaving in ways that are not beneficial to our growth as a person.
The next step is goals but first we need to discover the values underlying our goals.
There are many lists of values on the internet. Print one out and highlight all the words that resonate with you – the things you would be most proud to have said about you at your funeral. Narrow your list down to five core values, then incorporate them into your mission statement for life.
My list included:
Making a difference
I narrowed it down to my five core values:
- Making a difference
Then wrote my Mission Statement for Life:
I am a student of life, curious and always learning;
I think deeply about issues that matter to me and passionately pursue my path, acquiring skills to grow and improve as a person by thriving on busyness, seeking to be genuine and real and always prepared to go the extra mile.
With my core values of communication, connection, growth, making a difference and passion guiding me I will contribute and be a valuable team member.
As you navigate your way through life you can pause and ask yourself if choosing certain actions would take you closer or further away from living out your values.
Enjoy the journey,
Mai i toku ngakau,