Goal Planning Template
Goal Setting & Your Values
Our values determine how we think the world should look like.
In particular, it determines how we think others should behave with respect to values such as openness, honesty, and integrity.
Our values strongly determine what we think is important and worthwhile.
It affects the priorities we set.
It largely controls what we do and what we leave.
For our values, we are prepared to climb the barricades.
Our values determine what goals are significant and what goals will be less important to us.
Values go beyond specific actions and circumstances.
They provide us balance and guidance as we come across hurdles, distractions, opportunities, indecisiveness, ambivalence, turmoil, and temptations throughout our lives.
Your values are based on your beliefs.
What do values have to do with goal setting?
If the goals you set are out of alignment with your values, it will make these objectives difficult to achieve.
For instance, if you value integrity, it probably wouldn’t be wise to want to become the most successful hard-selling door-to-door salesperson of useless products.
The step, of defining your values, is important; effective people identify and develop a clear, concise and understood meaning of their values.
Once defined, values impact every aspect of your choices, work behavior, interaction, contributions, and the goals you set.
You might hold different values for work and your private life.
But as the lines between your professional and personal lives become less defined, it’s important that you create symmetry and provide balance between both so, as much as circumstances allow, you can be yourself.
If you can’t be you, how can you be happy?
Means values are helpful values (money, business success). They are often required to achieve other values.
Ends values (like love, happiness, accomplishment, security, adventure) are both more general and more important in driving all of our behaviors as human beings.
Example: I need money (means value) to feel secure (end value).
Values are generally sorted hierarchically.
Following are some examples of values.
You might use these as the starting point for introspection into your values.
They could be the answer to one of the following questions:
- What’s important to me about my life?
- What’s important to me about my family?
- What’s important to me about my career?
When your values are in conflict, internal challenges may emerge.
Chances are you will end with competing values Define which values you consider non-negotiable that no matter what will not be sacrificed to any other values.
Creating a list of nonnegotiables helps rank values in instances where there is a conflict.
List your personal values (My Personal Values).
If you have difficulty discovering them, ask yourself, “What’s most important to me in life?” until you run out of answers.
Then, sort them by the importance you give them from say 1 to 10, where 1 is your most prominent value, and ten is the least.
Next, to each of your values, you jot down reasons why you’ve chosen this particular value.
To help you find out which values are most important to you, set up a hierarchy by asking yourself, “What’s more important for me to feel: ______ or ____?”
For example, you can say, “I have chosen recognition as my number one value because I don’t want to live a life anonymously,” or, “I have settled creativity as my number two value because I want to add creativity to everything that I do.”
Pick the particular five to ten keywords that describe what is most important to you.
Thoroughly examine and introduce verbs as appropriate in each values statement to make it effective, precise, and meaningful to you.
For example, the value “Security” may become “Safety for loved ones,” ”protection of my country” from enemies, “Stability of society,” ‘Avoidance of indebtedness,” or some other phrase that more precisely describes your particular values.
Ask close friends if this list of values agrees with how they see you.
Values, as well as their order of importance, are strictly personal.
Next, see if you can group them according to common themes.
You will likely discover a mere handful of values govern your existence.
Examples of common themes are:
- Personal Development and Self-Awareness
- Equity and Equality
- Community and Social Development & Responsibility
- Health and Well-Being
- Love and Friendship
- Accountability and Work Responsibility
- Team Development and Collaboration
Great. You made a stock of the values that are important to you and tried to find clusters of values that pop up often.
Look over your values and their hierarchy once more.
If for example, dependability, friendliness, and loyalty tops your list, that may suggest working with others is of higher value to you than working alone.
Values are what makes you unique.
They form your purposes in life.
They are your priorities.
They are the fuel that will propel you forward.
If you value your time and money, then you won’t waste it on things you don’t want to do and on things you don’t truly love and value.
It’s that simple.
With the insight your list provides, you can be sure to set goals in alignment with those values.
That will make your goals easier to achieve.
If what you do (the “outside”) is in harmony or alignment with the values you deem important (your “inside”) you will be able to live a happier, more peaceful, and purposeful life.
You will notice the goals you set are a means and not an end.
By adhering to a system of clearly defined personal values, you will have a clear conscience and a clear purpose in everything you do.
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