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Once you’ve made up your mind to make a change, keeping your values top of mind can help to motivate you and give you a clear reason to persevere…
-Dr. Jason Holland, Lifespark
Having a clear sense of your personal values can help you to make up your mind about what’s really important and motivate you to make hard changes.
When deciding whether or not it’s really worth it to face your fears or do something that makes you uncomfortable, an important litmus test to consider is: To what extent does what I’m doing (or not doing) now interfere with my ability to express and live out my values?
For instance, someone who is deathly afraid of snakes, but has no interest in them and no special need to confront them in their daily life, is unlikely to feel a strong desire to change their snake-avoiding behavior.
Now consider the same scenario but this time with someone who really values being in nature and aspires to be a park ranger.
You can see how being afraid of snakes in this case could constitute a more serious problem.
Once you’ve made up your mind to make a change, keeping your values top of mind can also help to motivate you and give you a clear reason to persevere through all of the challenges that you’ll inevitably face along the way.
So whether you’re confronting snakes or some other personal demon, always keep your eye on the prize and don’t lose sight of the reasons why you’re doing it. If it’s family that you value most, in difficult moments imagine that they are standing there rooting for you to succeed. Or if it’s a higher power that is calling you to change, keep this spiritual side of yourself front and center and draw on it for strength as you face your fears.
Give it a try, and in the comments below, tell us about how having a clear sense of your values has helped you to make hard changes in your life.