I read somewhere that when you live life in accordance with your internal values, you become much more happy and satisfied. I think it is an interesting idea.
It makes me wonder what my values are. And it also makes me wonder where I might be going wrong.
I value the following things. They are not intended to be any particular order – I just typed it as I thought about it – although maybe their order is significant in that the most important things to me appear first.
- Finishing things I start
- Staying on top of things
- Living a healthy life
- Love and commitment
- Not getting pushed around
- Helping others
After typing this list, I thought about giving them a score out of 5, where 1 indicates that I am not living my life in accordance with these values, and 5 is where I have developed those habits that mean I follow them every day. Maybe I can explore some of these themes more.
- Loyalty 5/5
- Honesty 3/5
- Finishing things I start 2/5
- Staying on top of things 2/5
- Self-development 4/5
- Living a healthy life 1/5
- Moderation 1/5
- Friendship 3/5
- Love and commitment 5/5
- Standing up for what I believe in 1/5
- Helping others 4/5
- Doing a good job of things 3/5
Having typed this list I began to think about some of the traits and habits I have that cause problems.
I sometimes tell white lies and am economical with the truth. I can very lazy and procrastinate like crazy. I eat poorly and drink/smoke FAR too much. I spend too much time gaming and not enough time improving my real life. I sometimes let myself and others get pushed around.
But it is not all bad news. I am very loyal, and have no fear of love or commitment. And I have almost completed a two year diploma – I am proud of myself that I stuck it out and did the work.
What I want to do now is think about the areas where I could be doing better – maybe try to identify problems and see what I can do about them.