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Do you know your values?

I am currently in the process of having conversations with a range of women for a book I am writing called Women with Heart.

The women I have the privilege to speak with are extraordinary women who are invested in what they do, who care and have integrity. These are not high profile women though; rather they are extraordinary, ordinary women whose experiences are seldom heard and whose successes are seldom acknowledged and celebrated, even by them, themselves!

As I ponder and reflect on the conversations I have been so lucky to have had, I can see a number of themes are emerging. Themes that they all have in common, at least broadly. One of these, is their principles and their values. They know them, they live them, they are guided by them, they find comfort and strength within them. They are the foundation of integrity and even self love. These are not trivial impacts. These are powerful. Knowing and living by your values then, is important, something powerful you can do for your self. We all have them but it can be hard to express what they are. Can you articulate yours? I would love it if you would share them and how they impact you in the comments.

If you find it hard to articulate them, try these questions out and when you have answered them think about the emotion and the value that lies underneath. Some examples of values are at the end of this post to give you some inspiration if you are stuck:


  • What do you most love doing?
  • What pushes your buttons, makes you feel irritated or angry?
  • What do you spend most of your money on?
  • What are you proud of?
  • What is really important to you, something that you will not compromise on?
  • What brings you joy?
  • What does success mean to you?

Some examples of possible values are below to give you some ideas:

Respect, fairness, honesty, integrity, learning, social justice, family, collaboration, courage, conscientiousness, fun, love, open mindedness, flexibility, freedom, empathy, compassion, loyalty, openness. And there are many more…



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