As a human being, you most likely want to be happy and love life. Loving your life is a high state from which you can create more opportunities, be healthier and have a greater sense of connection to all those around you. In the natural cycle of life, you will also have times where you are discouraged or unhappy. However, by identifying and focusing on what you value, you can love your life all the time, no matter what the circumstances and bounce back more quickly from the discouraging times.
I’m going to present a shift from a traditional view of values such as honesty, integrity and responsibility to a view of values that can dramatically increase your happiness and your attitude to loving your life.
Take a few minutes to define what you value. These can be behaviors like self-expression or getting things done or attributes like being fair or treating people with respect.
For example, how you treat anybody is how you treat everybody. You can increase your happiness in life by aligning how you think about people with how you treat people (remember you are ‘people’ too) whether it is your employees or co-workers, friends or clients or employees at the grocery store.
To love your life even more, ask yourself, “What do I value?”
This may seem obvious or it may seem like a difficult question to answer, so let’s explore this.
One of the aspects of loving your life is to live congruently with what you value. This type of value often reflects behaviors or attitudes you want to model or move toward. In order to learn what you value, notice what you feel drawn toward over the next week or two. For example, if you’ve always wanted to take art or writing lessons, you probably value creativity and self-expression.
If you volunteer frequently, you probably value contribution, sharing or social connections or all three.
Focus on what is important to you. Make a list of those things you value, like creating value at work for your business or employer, spending time with family and being healthy. Once you start to identify what is important to you and what you value, you will want to have more of those people and activities in your life.
If your inner voice has been nudging you to take writing classes for example, ask yourself why. Is it because you want an outlet to express your creativity or a forum to write your opinions? Either way, by doing more of what you value, you will love your life more.
“Live your values, love your life,” means that you make choices that are in alignment with what you value. When you live in alignment with your personal truth and mindfully incorporate what you value into your life, you give your best in every situation. You leave nothing on the table.
Loving your life comes from aligning your actions with your values, dreams and beliefs. Going against your values, dreams and beliefs causes stress and dissatisfaction. When you focus on what is important to you, you will be more successful, attract more opportunities, be healthier and love your life.
Kathy Garland specializes in translating challenges into opportunities that result in business and personal growth. She speaks frequently on business growth and leadership topics. Join her conversations on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.