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5 Questions to Help You Discover Your Values

Feeling stuck and looking for clarity in life or work? Sometimes, all you need are the right questions to answer.

It might sound contrary to what so many of us have learned, but...

Inaction, stagnation, and stuckness aren't the result of laziness or a lack of discipline, motivation, or desire.

Feeling "stuck" is actually the result of uncertainty, doubt, and lack of clarity.

So, how do we know what we want?

That's where Values come in.

Values are what your principles, or standard of behavior.

We dive deeper into what we know is important to us by examining how we spend our time, what we prioritize, and what choices we would make it they were all available to us.

For example, a photographer who would rather be outside than anywhere else, who loves connecting with fellow adventurers, and who believed in equity in the outdoor space may have a really hard time spending their days as a social media manager for a real estate firm. The work they do, who they believe themselves to be, and how they spend their time doesn't align.

Do you know what YOU value most?

Ready to start brainstorming? Grab a pen and answer these questions:

  1. What makes me feel most alive?

  2. If there were no barriers to my life, how would I spend my time?

  3. What did I love to do as a child?

  4. What frustrates me beyond belief?

  5. If I could learn anything right now, what would it be?

That'll give you a start, but to get clear on your unique values, complete the Values exercise (and all the other tools!) available in my free Gear Library.

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