So, back into values. What I'm going to do today is give you an example of how to find your values. I'm going to take a little more direct approach and do an exercise myself so that you get the idea of how to mine for your own values.
First I'm going to choose a peak experience in my life - something unforgettable, scary and wonderful. Years ago I lived in Denver, CO and got into mountain climbing. I'm not a big fan of heights so this was challenging for me. One day I decided to hike up high to a place called Mills Lake. It was far so I had to pack food and water. I had to be prepared. Sometimes I had to climb large rocks and often times, I would come around a corner and look straight down about 2000 feet. When I finally arrive, I walked around a clump of trees and there was one of the most beautiful sights I'd ever seen. I was at the very top of this mountain and there was a dark green lake like glass. There was snow on the tip of the mountain (in July!) refecting into the lake. It was breathtaking! I sat there and had my lunch in the absolute stillness and just soaked it in.
So how would I mine my values from this story? First of all, I love risk. I like challenging myself to do something that sort of scares me. I feel alive when I do this. I love nature! I loved the rocks, the trees, the different birds I saw, the amazing fresh, clean air that I was breathing. I love beauty! It's important to me to have beautiful things around me. Also, I love peace. I love quiet just to reflect and ponder.
So some things that I value: challenge, nature, beauty. And this is just from one short story. You can do this with lots of different experiences in your life, including negatively impacting ones.
So, think of a story and write down some key words that are important to you. Next week I'm going to ask you some questions about your values to deepen your understanding of why it's important to know them.
Until then, have an amazing week and know that you are of great value!