If you’re feeling stuck in life, it is likely that your daily experiences are not aligned with who you are and what you truly want out of life.
I’ve definitely been there. For me, the most challenging periods I’ve experienced were when my life felt out of alignment.
When I was in jobs that weren’t a good fit, in relationships with people that didn’t get me, or living in places where I didn’t feel like I belonged.
But even if there are areas of your life that aren’t working, you can start to get your life into alignment and find meaning in your day-to-day.
But in order to do that, you have to know who you are in the first place.
Sounds easy right? But in fact, knowing who you are at your core is a bit complicated.
That’s because we live in a world that is constantly feeding us messages about who we should be, what we should do, how we should look, and how we should feel. And with so many opinions swirling around us, it’s easy to lose sight of what’s on the inside – who we actually are and what it is we truly want.
It can be extremely helpful to take a step away from the constant noise coming at you from all sides, and pay attention. Listen to what your own voice is telling you. So how do you start?
Know Your Values.
I know this sounds simple, and you may be thinking that you already know what you value out of life.
But really understanding what is most important to you, and reflecting on whether or not you are living by your values, is the first step to aligning your life and finding meaning in your day-to-day.
Because once you know what you want out of life, you can recognize the ways in which you already are in alignment. And also create a roadmap to get you where you want to be.
So how do you do start to gain a deeper understanding of your values?
It’s as easy as taking the time to think about them.
I highly encourage you to download this free PDF on Values, which contains a list of values, plus a 10-minute exercise to help you assess what it is most important to you. And I’ve included some journaling prompts to reflect a bit more deeply on what you discover.
Your values are a real, living and breathing part of you. They are constantly changing and evolving, and tapping into them helps you tap into who you are.
The insights you gain will help serve as an anchor when you have to make any decision about your life, and will encourage you to keep going when times get tough.
I hope this exercise will inspire you to put more energy towards the things that are important to you.
My values fluctuate every so often, but at the time of writing this, they are:
And, if you want to learn more about how my values influence my practice, visit my About Page.
If you found this exercise helpful, please share it! Again, you can download it here.
And, I’d love to hear more about your top values, so feel free to share them!