After a powerful course in Heartmath, I was able to discover what my positive core values are. As I find myself discovering what discipline means, I realized the usefulness of those core values.
What are core values? Where do they come from? What do they mean? When do they come into our daily activities?
I'm pretty excited to explore these concepts with you in the next few articles.
So, what are core values? My first attempt at defining core values was similar to a corporation's attempt at a mission statement: full of ethereal, ambiguous, esoteric words that are intended to make everyone feel warm and fuzzy. And just like those vague mission statements, my first stab at core values consisted of descriptions of intangible "things" that could not be quantified. Worse yet, they covered a lot of stuff by mere application or intention. In other words, they were far from a litmus test in my life.
So I had to take a step back and look at the tangibles in my life and how they affected me. Which activities and pursuits light me up?
That's it. Simple as that. What activities and goals get me excited and energized, and can move me into the "flow?"
Once I had these 7 or 8 things in a list, I could then evaluate my life in any particular moment based on how much I was involved in those activities/pursuits.
Why would I care? It was made clear that when I am NOT involved in those core values, I experience stress. And nothing is more important than that I feel good.
Next article will explore the source of our core values.
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