What does it mean to live your values?
We sometimes go through life without paying much attention. We just move from one thing to the next with out reflecting on whether our actions represent our true selves. Now, it's okay that our actions do not always reflect our ideal self - the self that we wish we were. No one is perfect, and it is not healthy to create a long list of things we "should" be doing. But when we go through life acting in ways that are not authentic, we may lose track of who we really are. Are you living a life that reflects your values?
Activity: Living your values
This activity helps us check in with ourselves to see if we are living according to what we truly believe and care about. We all have competing values. This means it's not always easy to live our truth.
For example, let's say Malik values kindness. To live this value, he is kind, even to people that may be unkind. But what if one these people was really cruel to Malik? Should he still be kind? Or does it become more important, in this situation, that Malik live his value of kindness by not letting this person treat him unkindly. A more authentic response for Malik may be to stand up for himself, even if this means he is no longer kind to the person. There are no right or wrong choices. The right choice is the one that feels right to you.
Below you will be asked to reflect on some of your behaviors. Think hard about whether your actions reflect your values. Were you trying to please people around you? Were you trying to live one value while neglecting another? Aim to really push yourself to define the actions that make you feel like you are truly living the way you want to live.
Great work! Now you know a bit more about how to live your values.