Do You Know Your Values?

November 19, 2018 Scott Miller

 

It’s hard to “Schedule the Big Rocks” if you haven’t identified what your Big Rocks are.

Your Big Rocks indisputably flow from your values – so you guessed it - you must first identify your values.

About 17 years ago – I was at a FranklinCovey Leadership Symposium, where our co-founder, Hyrum Smith, spoke about the importance of deciding on and declaring your values.

It struck me as foundational. I was about 35, and I’d never decided what I valued. How could I live one more day without determining what was most important to me?

So I spend several days after that conference drafting candidates that I felt both passionate about and would be proud to share, and measured against. What came of this exercise are seven words that best represented who I was, and who I wanted to continue being. I organized them in a sequence creating an acronym and a mnemonic. I did this so that I could authentically recite my values (if ever asked) and they would be the same week after week, and not change based on the moment or what might sound impressive at a meeting or during dinner conversation. I permitted myself to change them, as I changed, but the fact is, nearly 20 years later, I’ve deliberately stayed true to them – hopefully in my observable actions as well.

These seven values form the acronym PHILPAL:

Purpose, Health, Integrity, Loyalty, Positivity, Abundance, and Learning.

Perhaps you might spend some time doing the same. Take a few days, write down what you value most. I like the idea of using single words. Consider ranking or organizing them in a manner that you can quickly memorize and also remind yourself of when you’re faced with a decision that might run counter to your values.

How would you know if you’re living a life congruent with your values if you don’t know what your values are?

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About the Author

Scott Miller

Scott J. Miller is Executive Vice President of Business Development and Chief Marketing Officer for FranklinCovey. Scott has been with the company for 20 years, and previously served as Vice President of Business Development and Marketing. His role as EVP and Chief Marketing Officer caps 12 years on the front line, working with thousands of client facilitators across many markets and countries.

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