Do You Know Your Values?

 

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 Miller is a twenty-three-year associate of FranklinCovey and serves as the executive vice president of thought leadership. Scott hosts multiple podcasts including FranklinCovey On Leadership and Great Life, Great Career. Additionally, Scott is the author of the multiweek Amazon #1 New Release Management Mess to Leadership Success: 30 Challenges to Become the Leader You Would Follow. Scott authors a weekly leadership column for Inc.com and is a frequent contributor to Thrive Global. Previously, Scott worked for the Disney Development Company and grew up in Central Florida. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife and three sons.

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