"The principles without which life wouldn't be worth living." - Dave Logan, John King, and Halee Fischer-Wright, Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization
"…the core of who you are. They influence every aspect of your life." - James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner, The Truth about Leadership
A key to creating new habits. -Gretchen Rubin, Better Than Before: What I learned About Making and Breaking Habits - to Sleep More, Quit Sugar, Procrastinate Less, and Generally Build a Happier Life
The foundation of your organizational culture, along with your actions. - Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson, Remote: Office Not Required
Values are more than words on a motivational poster by the bathroom.
Values are a deeply personal expression of who you are and what you hold most dear. They are a key contributor to your worldview. They are what we fight for most ardently, even when it causes us pain.
When we feel stuck or don't know what to do, often it is because two of our deeply-held Values conflict. When we feel demotivated or frustrated often it is because our work - or our organization - is stifling or contradicting our Values.
Whether we realize it or not, our Values impact everything we do.
When we harness that information and use it to our benefit, we unleash a piece of our vast human potential. When we live and work in alignment with our Values, we feel good about what we are doing because our actions and activities are deeply meaningful. We stay motivated through the tough times to achieve what we have set out to achieve. And we create an environment that is inviting to like-minded co-conspirators who will help us advance our cause.
Values are the first of four pillars of your unique Genius. And uncovering your Values is a key step in The Activated Genius Method to maximize personal and organizational performance.
Uncovering your Values is the first step toward doing more, becoming more, achieving more than you ever thought possible. It is the first step toward aligning your Genius to the outcome you want to create, so that your effort is generative and fulfilling, in tune with who you are and how you show up best in the world.
So, what do you Value?
This is not a trick question.
There is no right answer.
There will be overlap, for sure. You are here - syncing with me - so we must have some Values in common. That will be true between you and most of the people you enjoy having around you.
And that is actually an excellent place to start your discovery process. What do you appreciate most about the people in your orbit? What principles do they uphold when they draw your attention and admiration?
Speaking of admiration, consider your heroes. What attributes make them especially heroic to you? Real or fiction. Known to you or observed at a distance. What principles do they uphold when their actions are attractive to you?
Those might be your Values, too.
Make a list. You're on a roll!
Now, dig deeper.
Consider the Mountains and Valleys of your life. Examine what principles you upheld when you were at the peaks of success in your life. What were you doing, how were you being, when you were the most proud to be uniquely you?
Then consider what was stifled or withheld when you were toiling in the darkness of your lows. What part of you was put upon? What would have been So. Much. Better. if only... if only you could have leveraged the principles that matter most to you.
Add those to your list, too.
Then poll the experts
Find out what Values the people who know you best have observed in you. Ask them what you always seem to fight for - or against - even when it doesn't seem logical. Those are your Values. Always there - written all over your face, directing your thoughts - embedded deep within you, influencing what you say and do.
Let's harness them.
Let's be intentional about how we leverage them.
Name your Values so that you can skillfully put them to work for you.
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Bold: How to Go Big, Create Wealth, and Impact the World by Peter Diamandis and Steven Kotler
Remote: Office Not Required by Jason Fried and David Heinemeier Hansson
Tribal Leadership: Leveraging Natural Groups to Build a Thriving Organization by Dave Logan, John King, and Halee Fischer-Wright
The Truth about Leadership by James M. Kouzes and Barry Z. Posner