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e-Newsletter for February, 2009

This month—The Power of Knowing Your Values

1. The Power of Values

2. Values Clarification Exercise

3. Favorite Websites

4. Enter a Contest & Win Free Coaching for a Month

Happy Valentines Day!

What are values? Values are our core beliefs or desires. Our values represent those things that are really important to us. What you value you tend to spend time on. If you value family you'll find time to spend with your family. If you value your health you will find time to exercise and pay attention to what you eat and drink.

We all have values and we all make decisions based on these values. The problem is that we often don't really know what our values are. If you don't know what your core values are you are not alone. When participants in a recent seminar were asked if they knew their core values only a couple of people put up their hands.

During the 1970s and 1980s Brian Hall and Benjamin Tonna identified a list of over a hundred universal values that were common across all cultures.

This list is too long to print here but some of the more common values found in our society today are respect, fairness, security, challenge, job satisfaction, family life, freedom, health, creativity, democracy and community.

So, how do we know we are living our values and what happens when we don't?

The short answer is that our values affect every aspect of our lives: our energy levels, our motivation, our happiness, our work-life balance, and our job satisfaction.

Values can even help us determine our priorities and our values are reflected in the priorities we choose to act upon. Take life-balance for instance. Being in balance doesn't mean keeping all the balls (your many responsibilities) up in the air. A healthy work-life balance means being aware of your core values and making difficult choices about how you spend your time.

When people aren't aware of their values they may find it difficult to make important decisions or they may end up working in organizations where they don't "fit".

Despite their huge impact on our lives most of us rarely sit down and work out what our values are.

According to writers Anthony Grant and Jane Greene, once you know what is important to you, you can give up wasting time on things, people, or activities that don't mean that much to you and spend time on the things, people, or activities that you do care about."

Here are some questions to ask your self:

1. How would your life change if you began to live more in line with your core values?

2. How do your values show up at work, at home?

3. What would it take for you to choose a life that honors your values?

One last thing…often when we are low on energy and find it difficult to concentrate or focus our attention it is because of a values conflict that we are not even aware of.

Complimentary Values Clarification Exercise

If you would like to spend some time clarifying your values contact me at lesley@lesleytaylorcoaching.com and I'll email you a simple tool to get your started.

This month's favorite websites:

This UK site has won numerous awards. It has great tools to help you plan your next trip or vacation and it's FREE!

This is a Canadian site which serves as a sort of yellow pages with added features such as comments from users. Basically it is a directory of business and services in cities across Canada.

Enter a Draw for Free Coaching Sessions:

By emailing me, lesley@lesleytaylorcoaching.com, with your ideas for future articles or your feedback and reactions to previous newsletters you will automatically be entered in a draw for 1 month of complimentary coaching. You can use this yourself or give it to someone else. This is a $250.00 value so don't miss this opportunity! I'll announce the winner in April.

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