Discovering the Soul’s Agenda: Core Values (Part 2)
The first week served as an introduction which will eventually culminate in sharing my Writer’s Manifesto.
Last week focused on the first step in the process: following the Passions of your Heart.
The second step will be the focus on this week’s post: discovering your Core Values and Beliefs.
We all have them: core values or beliefs that are at the center of our identity. Sometimes they can be summed up in a catchy phrase, such as Moderation in Everything or Love Conquers All, and other times they can be found in a character trait, such as being Responsible or Organized.
There are several lists available online to help you identify such values – a rather comprehensive list can be found here.
My first step was to read through the printed list with a highlighter, indicating any words that resonated with me on some level. This probably narrowed the number of values to around 50.
Next, I reviewed the refined list and eliminated any that I thought were not truly at the core of my identity. This reduced the list by one-half.
I then reviewed the remaining values and combined those that I thought were similar, such as responsibility and accountability. This brought the list down to ten.
Finally, I made one final run-through to bring the list to a manageable total of FIVE core values.
Now my goal is to incorporate these personal values and beliefs into every day living in order to live an authentic life.
- Balance – I believe in moderation of all things. Moderation of work and play; eat and drink; social time and introspection…etc.
- Contentment – I believe that practicing gratitude is key to cultivating a joy-filled life.
- Family – I believe that the importance of family relationship is second only to a personal relationship with God. But this requires quantity as well as quality time.
- Spirituality – I believe in a sovereign God whose omniscience is superior to my limited perspective. I am grateful that He sent His only son as my savior so that I may readily accept His gift of Grace and no longer be a slave to perfectionism and trying to earn His favor.
- Significance – I believe that we have all been put on this earth for a specific purpose, and that purpose is not self-seeking but rather to help and serve others. Life-long learning and in turn teaching others what I have learned is the mean by which I achieve this significance.
These values, combined with my Heart’s Desires: Family – Travel – Making and Preserving Memories … is a good start to discover my soul’s agenda for the second half of life.
Next week I will focus on the third step which is identifying Character Strengths, Skills, and Talents.