Jan 232012
 

“Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.” ~Author Unknown

Values guide us and define our priorities and behaviors. When we react according to our values, life flows smoothly, we’re happy and things feel good. When we do something out of alignment with our values, we feel anxious and uncomfortable. We tend to get that same uneasy feeling when we’re trying something new, too.

When I moved from Chicago to Los Angeles, I really had no idea what to expect. I knew my environment was going to change physically, but I wasn’t sure how it would affect my personality. Looking back, I laugh at this thought. Why would a physical change in my environment  have any effect on how I behave? I will never stop creating or being an artist. Whether I live in the United States or Egypt or South America – I will always paint, write, draw and express myself with the same values that I had in other part of my life. Once I realized this, it made my change of environment less intimidating. I know that no matter where I am, or what my situation is, my value system will be in place and I will always be “me”. With that confidence, I am able to invite all “change” with great expectation and wonderment.

How would you describe your values? Here are a few of my favorites and what they mean to me. If you’re interested in developing any of these on your own, simply click on the value name for quick how-to explanations from other sites that I found interesting and valuable.

Approachability: Being approachable allows me to meet new and exciting people wherever I go.
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Balance: Having a healthy balance of needs and wants met brings me peace and pleasure.
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Brilliance: Experiencing and witnessing brilliance engages my creative spirit and motivates me to be great.
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Cleverness: Clever people make me laugh intelligently.
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Compassion: Compassion helps me understand what a friend or family member is going through, without actually experiencing it myself.
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Confidence: Confidence is not about arrogance, but rather about believing in myself with unfaltering passion.
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Craftiness: Being resourceful helps stop me from being wasteful and it gets me to think outside of the box.
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Creativity: My body is fueled by creativity. Wanting to create drives my existence.
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Direction: Having a big picture idea about how I want my life to unfold, helps me see which steps I need to take today.
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Discovery: Curiosity leads me to learning new things about myself and the world around me.
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Efficiency: My time is valuable and if I remove wasteful behaviors or exercises, I accomplish more.
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Empathy: Listening to how someone feels or thinks about things allows me to nurture meaningful relationships.
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Expressiveness: Expressing my true thoughts and feelings relieves tension and stress and allows me to fully accept myself for who I am.
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Financial independence: Not worrying about money allows me to enjoy my life. Having money allows me to contribute to society in a meaningful way.
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Flexibility: Being spontaneous allows for new experiences to happen in my life.
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Gratitude: Appreciating everything about life reminds me how I am surrounded by abundance.
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Intuition: My intuitive mind directs me when I’m not sure of which way to go.
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Playfulness: Being young-at-heart keeps my body and spirit ageless.
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Prosperity: Having prosperity in my life allows me to do the things I want to be doing, when I want to be doing them.
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Stability: Having a stable home and work environment is peaceful and calming. I am able to create when and what I want without worrying about external circumstances.

Check out this really great list of values here. Which ones are the most meaningful to you? Can you see how changes and new beginnings become less frightening when your value system is in check? Share your thoughts here or on the Facebook Fan Page.

 

 

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  One Response to “Define Your Value System”

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