If I asked you to name the three most important things to you - the things you most value - you might say your family, your health, maybe your financial security? What if I asked you what you value when it comes to your work or how you spend your time day-to-day? Crystal clear? Or a little murky?
When it comes to working out who you are and what you want from life your values are like your budget when you go to buy a car. It's kind of difficult to come up with anything meaningful unless you know what they are and how they might shape your decisions and actions.
Once upon a time we thought of values as being pretty wishy washy emotionally-driven ideas but current thinking suggests that they combine both our cognition (our thoughts) and our emotions, tied up together in the workings of the brain. On the thinking side we know that what we value drives our goals and goal-oriented behaviour and on the emotional side our values influence our attitudes, which in turn drive our behaviour. We're complex creatures, we humans.
So, what do you value? Wanna answer some questions to find out?
Today we're looking specifically at values in relation to how we spend our day. I'm calling them work values but they apply equally to non-paid work, parenting and any other day-to-day activity.
Here's a questionnaire you can take to identify your work values. It's courtesy of the University of Melbourne's Careers and Employment service. It only takes a few minutes and I found it very helpful. Best if you print it out and scribble like I did....