Since the presidential election, the most consistent questions I’ve heard from others are ‘who do I believe’ and ‘who do I to trust’. As we’ve seen during this election process, the business of politics brings out the best and the worst in us. Whether we agree or not with the outcome, I think it is fair to say that we all want the best for our country. How we answer the above questions is dependent on the values that guide our choices and direct the way we live our lives.
In anticipation of celebrating Thanksgiving, the football game and eating that delicious turkey, we might include a time to reflect on what we believe in. When is the last time we took time to articulate the values that we hold dear? While waiting for the dust to settle regarding the direction the country will move in, it seems to me that we have a unique opportunity this Thanksgiving to think about our core values
A tip to help answer the above questions is as follows:
“Acknowledge how you feel NOW and Start where you are TODAY”.
+ Make a factual list of what you have that you like and what you have that you don’t like.
What do you think about what you identified.
+ Write down what you want. It can be as simple as improving on what you have or it can be three page essay of how you envision your life to be.
+ Now list the personal values you live your life by.
+ Ask: “Does my professional and personal life reflect my values?”
Knowing your personal values guides your choices especially when faced by conflicting standards of behavior.
When you sit down to give thanks this Thanksgiving Day , also give thanks for knowing that the choices you make come from the truest sense of Your Best Self. When you know yourself you know who to believe and who to trust — it starts with you.
Until next month, do something nice for yourself and have fun……Chris