Today we are going to spend some time talking about auditing, specifically how to create clarity around your personal beliefs and core values. I will then provide you with 3 strategies you can implement on the journey of moving your mountains.
As Actor John Novack says, “A robust internal auditing program shows its presence both at the beginning and end of continual improvement projects. In the beginning, internal audits identify opportunities for improvement, at the end, internal audits provide a mechanism for monitoring the implemented improvement in order to sustain its benefits for the long term.”
Step 1. Create Clarity
To create clarity around your core values and personal beliefs you must be willing to do some self-examination. When you go on a journey or travel somewhere new you don’t take everything with you, do you? No, that wouldn’t make sense and there wouldn’t be room for anything new. The same is true for your personal beliefs and core values. As we grow, we change. What we learned from our parents, the environment, our communities, our faith, it evolves. We should come to question why we believe what we believe, and why we care about the things we care about. Creating clarity is an important step and you should spend time thinking about where your personal beliefs and core values came from, how have they evolved, and how have they influenced your decision-making process. Most importantly, do your core values and personal beliefs represent who you are today? Gove yourself time for personal reflection and try not to get impatient with yourself as you examine and question your core values and personal beliefs.
Step 2: Create a List
Create a list of the core values that resonate with you. After you have done this rank the top 10 core values that feel most authentic to who you are right now. Then rate how your life is aligned with each value on a scale of 1-10. Determine if your career and life are aligned using the same scale. Once you have completed the ranking look for values you that you are not currently expressing in your life but would like to. If you find you are having trouble identifying your core values as yourself these questions.
1. What are the most important things in my life?
2. What experiences have made me feel truly alive and engaged?
Step 3: Audit and Implement
Once you have created your list you will begin the audit process. Here you will and make changes as you see fit. Some questions to ask yourself as you audit your core values and personal beliefs.
1. Did I find any surprises with my core values? If so, what were those surprises?
2. Are my core values and beliefs aligned to the path I am on and where I am going?
3. Do my values match my actions and choices? This can be in the form of how you spend money, help others, how you understand others, and your personal relationships, and the relationships with yourself.
You will want to summarize the areas you have identified as areas for potential growth, or those pesky mountains you need moving. If you are going to do the work to identify areas of opportunity don’t let it be for not. Take action and implement! Here are some questions to consider.
1. What will you continue to believe?
2. What will you stop do believing?
3. What new beliefs and values will you develop along your journey?
Taking the time to audit your personal beliefs and core values can be uncomfortable, but, If you take the time to examine yourself you can learn so much and learn where you have areas to improve. I’m a firm believer that our, passion, and power come from our personal beliefs and core values. Being aligned to our true selves allow us to live out our purpose and move our mountains.
If you are looking for more resources schedule your complimentary 30 minutes session and let’s connect so I can further help you move your mountains.
Until next time friends, walk in your power and continue to move your mountains!