As we approach the end of July we are now in Summer Holiday season.

Summer Holiday season for some means a 2 week holiday relaxing in the sun drinking cocktails without a care in the world and for some it can mean changed routines and the kids off school causing mayhem. Everyone sees the period of July to September differently as everyone leads different lives and has different values.

This is the topic I want to touch on today.

So what are values?

Personal values can be defined as “values are the things that you believe are important in the way you live and work. … When the things that you do and the way you behave match your values, life is usually good – you’re satisfied and content. But when these don’t align with your personal values, that’s when things feel… wrong”

Everyone will have a different values and this is the beauty of life. Like the quote above states, we run into problems when we behave in a certain way or interact with people that do not align with our own values.

I did some research this week into the values of various people and thought I would share these with you. Check out the values below and then we are going to do a quick exercise after to help you move forward with your own personal values:

  • “To serve as a leader, live a balanced life, and apply ethical principles to make a significant difference.” Denise Morrison C EO of Campbell Soup Company.
  • “To be a teacher. And to be known for inspiring my students to be more than they thought they could be.” Oprah Winfrey
  • “To have fun in [my] journey through life and learn from [my] mistakes.” Richard Branson Founder of Virgin
  • “Equality” Nelson Mandela
  • “Here’s to the crazy ones – the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers, the round pegs in the square holes, the ones who see things differently” Steve Jobs
  • “Set your goals high, and don’t stop till you get there.” Bo Jackson
  • “Champions keep playing until they get it right.” Billie Jean King
  • “The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.” Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” Michael Jordan
  • “Some people say I have attitude – maybe I do…but I think you have to. You have to believe in yourself when no one else does – that makes you a winner right there. ” Venus Williams
  • “Continuous effort — not strength or intelligence — is the key to unlocking our potential.”Liane Cardes

How about all those personal values and missions statements?

Can you relate to any of those values?

I know for sure that I do. I am going to give you one of my own personal values that I try and align my behaviour with so here it is:

“Deliver the WOW factor from day one and when you wake up every single day.”

Delivering the WOW factor is important to me as we live in a busy fast paced world and if you can make someone’s day as often as possible then the world will be a much better place.

Out of all the quotes above I also love Arnie’s which is “The mind is the limit. As long as the mind can envision the fact that you can do something, you can do it, as long as you really believe 100 percent.”  This quote really sits well with me as I often hear clients and people I talk to who set barriers and set maximum outcomes for various aspects in their life. Never set a limit to your potential, the world is yours.

What values do you consider important?

What do you look for in other people?

What areas of your life could you improve?

What areas of your life do you feel your loved ones would like you to improve?

I want you to do a quick exercise today…

Start by choosing ten words that reflect what you value most. Choose the words that best describe what you value in life and what you aspire to be like. Narrow that list of ten down to your top three to six values ranked in order of importance and explain further (e.g., why each is important to you) in a phrase or sentence. Form the first letters of each word into a memorable acronym if you wish. For example if my core values were honesty, determination, strength, energy and family I would try and form an acronym out of the letters H,D, S, E, and F. If you can’t then try and substitute some of the words or keep looking for a good set of values. When you have that acronym you will have an easy to remember values list that you can relate to when you need it.

Get thinking now and start coming up with your own values.

Integrity is choosing your thoughts and actions based on values rather than personal gain.

Values are who you are even when no one is watching.

Happy Thursday to you, make it a day to remember.

Personal values I hear you say!