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Why is Knowing Your Core Values Important?
When you know them, your core values can be the grounding force that eliminates the feelings of overwhelm so that you can serve yourself and those around you from a place of well-being and personal alignment. Whether you realize it or not, you are a walking, talking, living, loving, breathing set of values. When those values are violated you feel disconnected and stressed, when they’re activated you feel in alignment and alive! We often aren’t stressed because we’re doing too much—we’re stressed because we’re doing too little of what aligns with our values. From the experiences that make us come alive to the people who make us cringe, our values define what we stand for in life.
So when you intentionally activate your core values, incredible power, energy, and freedom become possible for you with ease and grace.
Self-awareness of our intrinsic motivators, sparked by activation of our values, enables us to name and get curious about the experiences, behaviors, and conditions that are required for a sense of personal alignment, purpose, and productivity each day.
How Do You Live Your Core Values?
Living your core values doesn’t typically happen by chance. It happens when choosing your values with integrity over and over again. If you truly want to embrace your values in your daily habits, routines, and experiences, you must be mindful of whether you’re living in alignment with them.
Enter values-based mindfulness, which we define as “honoring one’s core truth by making conscious choices that ignite a personal sense of alignment.”
Something as simple as a full body check (where your mind, gut, and heart say yes) will give you the information you need to make choices that serve you. For example, you might be having a really off day and want to understand where you’re out of alignment with yourself. Close your eyes; perhaps even put your hands on your heart. Take long, deep breaths to slow down, and simply ask yourself, “Which one of my core values can serve me now? How can I activate it with ease and grace in this moment?”
Joy doesn’t exist in the absence of our values. It’s important to know how to tune in to understand how you can bring your core values front and center into choosing your next steps. When we are honest with ourselves about what’s out of alignment with our mind, body, and spirit, as well as with our sense of well-being, we have a real chance of getting back in alignment. Values-based mindfulness works, and you have the ability to access it anytime, because just like your breath, your values are always with you.
How Your Values Connect to Your Company’s Values
Our behaviors are a reflection of our values. When we take the time to honor our core values and understand where they were born and enhanced, we start the process of not only knowing but also owning our values.
When you understand what your personal values are and where they came from, you can better understand how you are showing up in or out of alignment with the company’s core values. From that place, you can then empower yourself and ask others to hold you accountable to these core values, knowing what kind of environment you want to create with others.
Whether you feel like you’re in complete alignment with your core values or have no idea what they are, this work will serve you in knowing how you—and therefore your organization—can step up more authentically living your core values. Self-awareness of our intrinsic motivators, sparked by the activation of our core values, enables us to name and get curious about the experiences, behaviors, and conditions required for a sense of personal alignment, purpose, and productivity each day.
How do Company Core Values connect to your Company’s Vision and Mission?
A vision is the why of your company—why you’re doing the thing you do.
The mission is the what of your company—what you do every day.
And the values are the how of your company—how you accomplish your what to get to your why.
If you have a set of stated organizational values and your behaviors don’t reflect them, you do not have an aligned culture. You have an aspirational culture of pie-in-the-sky thinking versus one based on the reality of day-to-day experience.
But when your behaviors are in alignment with those company values, you create an incredible place of loyalty, commitment, engagement, pride, and enthusiasm, a place where people are going to stay, regardless of what generation they’re a part of. It is something that feels like magic.
Values make us feel alive as individuals and as members of a team. That’s what a thriving, intentional workplace culture is about: connecting diverse individuals through a common intrinsic motivator. And core values are about as intrinsic as they get. They naturally satisfy you. How great is that?
When your work is aligned with your core values, passion is ignited.
When it’s not, stress is sure to come. When your organization knows, owns, and lives its core values, it can be intentional about attracting, retaining, and growing its people through a shared sense of purpose, productivity, and passion. Your results will speak for themselves.
But when you don’t know your core values, you will never have a clear compass or guardrails for your organizational culture. This can lead to disengagement, dissatisfaction, and disconnection, both within your team and externally, regarding your reputation and customers.
Here are a few mantras and affirmations to serve you on your journey to know, own and live your values.
1. I am a walking, talking, living, breathing set of values.
2. My energy shows me when my values are present.
3. My core values are my internal compass and represent what I stand for.
4. Values reflect who I am, what I do, and how I define success and failure.
5. Every day is filled with purpose, pride, and productivity when my values are activated.
6. I am mindful of what does and does not activate my values.
7. My values are mine to define.
8. I know, own, and live my values through my actions.
9. I choose my values in the face of adversity.
10. My happiness exists in the presence of my values.