Do your values shine through in all that you do? Are they consistent in your values or influenced by others?
When you choose to live life with integrity you choose to live the best of who you are, no matter what. Who you are is conveyed in your words and actions and anyone who experiences you can describe the essence of who you are to another. That doesn’t mean that everyone will like you; far from it! But people will know who they are dealing with and that your thoughts, words and deeds will be aligned to your values.
I recently carried out a 360Reach assessment (you can do one for free), partly for my business and partly for my own personal development and I was pleased to find that the people who provided feedback on me saw me, overall, in the same light. And my coach confirmed that the consistency of the responses demonstrated authenticity. I was pleased if not surprised. I have learnt the importance of being values driven and being me.
But I can remember when I wasn’t authentic, when I had values that I didn’t adhere to, values that I compromised. I can remember when I lived by other people’s rules and spent much of my time trying to be what they wanted me to be; in relationships, in jobs, in life. It was exhausting and fruitless.
So it is with joy that I can now be ‘me’; that I can live each day growing more and more into who I am and not who others want me to be. Having my values at the heart of everything makes it easy for me to make decisions because if an action doesn’t fit, I don’t do it. Compromising my values is no longer an option.
Are you living by your values? Have you made time to identify what they are?
“Living with integrity means: Not settling for less than what you know you deserve in your relationships. Asking for what you want and need from others. Speaking your truth, even though it might create conflict or tension. Behaving in ways that are in harmony with your personal values. Making choices based on what you believe, and not what others believe.”
Barbara De Angelis
Be at one with your values, live the best of you… everyday. Because you deserve it!