What’s More Important Than Resolutions?

“If you stay true to yourself and true to your vision and your own values, you can power through and make an impact on modern life.”

Steve Bannon

One of the most important things any of us can do is determine the core values we choose to live by.

Both my personal and professional lives revolve around a set of five core values:

  • Freedom of Thought and Expression
  • The Unlimited Potential of the Human Spirit
  • Efficient, Effective Use of Time
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Continuous Growth and Development

There is more I could say about each of these, but these five make up my core foundation.

Our values touch every aspect and give shape to our lives. They guide our decisions and the actions we will or will not take. They guide our interactions with one another. They also influence the companies we want to work for and the type of people we want to work with.

More important than making resolutions, I think the beginning of a new year is a great time to reassess and clarify your values. Often, we cannot achieve our resolutions because they conflict with values we hold and may not be aware of. Taking the time to become clear on your values is one of the best exercises you can engage in. Everything else can fall into place from there.

Regardless of what values you choose: freedom, money, family, love, etc., you want to make sure they are yours. You want to determine your values for yourself and make sure you have not blindly accepted those you have inherited from others. There are endless sources trying to convince us of what they think we should value, from marketers to family and friends. Block those sources out and think for yourself.

Determining our own set of values is the foundation for creating the life we desire, so the process is important.

I would urge that before or besides making any resolutions for a new year, start the year revisiting and defining your core values. Write them down and be clear on why you chose them and what they mean to you, and as noted, everything else will fall into place from there.

If you need a little help to get started, check out this site: Examples of Core Values (yourdictionary.com)

I wish you all the best and hope 2021 will be one of the best years of your life.