In my last article, The First Step In Finding Meaning For Your Life, you went through a huge list of words and selected the 15 words that had an important meaning to you. Then you narrowed down that list to the 5 words that meant the most for your life. These words were your values. As Julius asked, what’s next?
After finding the values that mean the most to you and your life, the next step is making the necessary changes in your life so that you are living according to those values.
You should be centering your life around the values that you selected as meaning the most for your life.
Some people may be already living their life congruent to their values, but if you are not of those people, now’s the time to change your life to suit what you values you selected as being the most important.
Change can be very scary, but so is living an incongruent life.
When you went through the word list and selected the 5 words that meant the most to you, those words then became part of your awareness of what you want to be in your life. It behooves you to live according to those values otherwise you will have conflict and be susceptible to anything or anyone that enters your life. Knowing that one value is important while another is not means that you are able to make decisions in your life that are authentic for you.
Let’s say that your 5 values were:
Think about your life and the values that you selected as having the most meaning in your life. Ask yourself if you are currently expressing those values right now in your life.
Do you have lots of Love in your life right now? Are you Learning? Do you have Freedom and Adventure in your life? Are you Independent?
If not, what changes are you going to make in your life so that you are living according to your values?
Ask yourself what do you need to add to your life or remove from your life so that you are living authentically with the values that you said meant the most to you.
What do you need to do to bring more Love in your life? What changes do you need to make so that your need for independence, adventure and freedom are fully expressed in your life?
It helps to make a list of changes that you need to make in your life so that you are really living according to your top values.
For example, write down 3 necessary changes that you are willing to make so that you will have more Love in your life:
1. Nurture my relationship with my spouse and be attentive when they come home from work.
2. Tell my children every day how much I love them and appreciate them.
3. Schedule time every day to take better care of myself.
You should do this for each of your top values. It’s okay if you can’t come up with 3 changes per value as you might already be living your life according to that value.
Use the power of your values as motivating forces so that you can super-charge your life and make the necessary changes so that you are living a meaningful existence.
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