I have been working through the course for a number of days now and it is very clear that there is a lot of work ahead. This is a good thing, I am certainly not complaining, this type of learning experience is worth doing well especially since there is some money invested.
There has been a lot of information pushed into my little brain, but I thought I would come here today and write about the section on values. Now this is a topic I have never spent any time on in my entire like, and perhaps that is why I am feeling at little lost in the direction I want to take right now. We all have values but if we are unaware of what they are specifically we can get lost, and lead a life of unfillment and apathy. If you are unclear about what is important to you there is a tendency to go after goal after goal and never really feel complete. It’s like mindless activities that don’t line up with what you believe.
So according to this course if I start living by my highest values and ideals it will lead to a life of integrity, inner peace, confidence, inner strength, and inner wellbeing. Sounds pretty good to me, and certainly worth delving a little deeper.
I sat last night and tried to scribble down what makes me come alive, and what is important to me. This is a damn hard task, and also super eye opening, you start to realise how out of touch with yourself you actually are! However this is what I came up with:
I am most happy helping people, I seem to feel a real sense of worth from doing this. I feel alive when I receive praise from others and also feel alive being creative. I feel powerful when I put out a new podcast as the process of bringing information to others so easily is fantastic. I am pround of all the knowledge I have built up in the world of health and fitness over the years. I thrive on helping other people bring out their own potential in all areas. When I ran the marathon for Lupus UK it was a great achievement for me, and perhaps I didn’t really take the time to celebrate this, it was a fantastic challenge that brought reward to myself and others. When I travelled Australia in 2003/4 I felt truly alive I had a lot of confidence with little concerns to weigh me down. I loved life and fully embraced the changes along the way.
That paragraph was me really trying to flesh out what lights me up and what has brought me bliss. Next it was on to really honing in on what my specific values were, the good and the bad ones. Or as it is put in the course, Passion & Pain Values.
After being forced to whittle a huge list of values down this is a list of what I came up with:
- Making a Difference
Pain Values were a little more difficult, but here is my list of those:
Phew now there is obviously a lot more to say about each and every one of these, but I will save that for another post. I need some time to ruminate and really feel into these.
Signing off for now.