What do you stand for?
You know that feeling when you meet someone and within the first few minutes you just "click"? You share the same values and outlook on life, and you can't help but be drawn to them? Well, that's what authentic relationships are all about. When your core values are in alignment with those of the people around you, it creates a powerful connection.
Recently I conducted a strategic planning retreat with a board of directors for hospice. Working with community members who serve on a board is an insightful and meaningful experience. With this group, I knew from the start that we “clicked” thanks to our shared values.
My style is to always begin any engagement with a touchstone of mission and values. Being reminded of why your organization exists and the core values that lead the organization is crucial to every strategy and decision.
When you take a pause and ask, “what do we stand for?”, “what are our core values?” and “why do they matter?”, the “chatter” of day-to-day distractions falls away and clarity can reign.
It's important that we take the time to reflect on these questions both in our professional and personal lives. So, I challenge you to identify 1-2 words that represent your core values then ask yourself these questions:
1. Do these words define the BEST of who I am?
2. Do I use this filter to make hard decisions?
3. Is this how I most often show up?
When answered honestly we can move toward being truly authentic in our work and in all aspects our lives. And when we're authentic, we are more effective and focused. Figuring out our core values starts with knowing ourselves deeply. Once you have a strong understanding of who you are, you can begin to identify the principles that guide all your decisions and actions.
These principles should be at the heart of everything you do. If they aren't, it might be time to reconsider your path. So take some time to reflect on who you are and what matters most to you. The answers will surprise and inspire you!
Love and Light,