Ask yourself, “What really matters to me?”
It sounds like a simple question but it’s far deeper if you pause and give it the attention it really deserves. I promised in my last article about what others say about you that these exercises could be used in a secular manner because we all have values. Whether you are Christian, Muslim, or any other religion you have values that you use every single day. They guide your decisions and help you decide what matters most. Every single person has a different set of values or a different priority of them.
What is a value?
A value is a trait that you hold close. It is something you value and something you base who you are on. It is your standard of behavior and defines how you act on or react to situations.
What kind of values are there?
There are all kinds. Here is a lot. I do mean a lot.
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Values are what you make them but we want meaningful values. In fact the goal is your top five values.
How to Find your Values
Finding your values is a journey of self-reflection and one that should be taken with the heaviest of hearts. This is extremely serious because you are looking at the most basic part of you. This isn’t the what you do after you think about it for five days values. These are the things that you know instinctively to matter to you. The bible cautions us in Proverbs 10:9 to walk in integrity. So too should your search for your core values be done in integrity because this honesty will give you truth of self.
My recommendation and the exercise I have done in the past is to write down a list of 15-20 values you feel are what means the most to you. Then go somewhere alone, a place where you have quiet and peace. Reflect, pray if you pray, guidance from God will come. Scratch off a few that really aren’t that important in the sense that others take precedence. Just keep pairing it down until you have 10. Then leave it be. That is to say live your life for the next two weeks emulating these 10 values. Which are you making use of the most? Those should be your top five values.
If you haven’t discovered those 5 after two weeks then again go off to someplace you can focus and center yourself and repeat the process.
It is important to point out that values can change over time and so this is not a one time exercise but a lifetime commitment to being better. Christ gave us an amazing image of what we should be. For the Christian man we should be trying to be like Him. For the non-Christian I want to invite you to take a step, ask God what is it you can do for him. He has already done everything for us by giving his son. When you take a step, even a small one towards God it can be a leap that you never thought would happen.
Live your life by the things that matter most not the things that we get hung up on that are not God-centered.