Values
Samantha

January 8, 2024

Values: Unveiling the Soul’s Compass

 

​Understanding our belief systems is a journey of self-discovery that unveils the guiding stars within our souls – our personal core values. Amidst a myriad of influences and distractions, comprehending and embracing these intrinsic principles can become the illuminating force propelling us towards spiritual growth and self-realization. Let’s uncover the true essence of personal core values, tracing their origins, evolution, and the remarkable uniqueness that sets them apart, much like fingerprints on our soul.

What Are Personal Core Values?

At its core, personal values personal core values can be defined as the fundamental beliefs and principles that are deeply ingrained in an individual’s character and guide their choices, actions, and behaviors. These values serve as a moral compass, helping individuals navigate through life by determining what they consider right or wrong, important or unimportant. Personal core values are the building blocks of one’s identity and play a crucial role in shaping their perspectives, priorities, and overall approach to life.

The Origins of Personal Core Values

Personal core values aren’t conjured out of thin air; they have their roots in our life’s journey. These values emerge from a myriad of sources – our upbringing, experiences, and the cultural environment we’ve been immersed in. Imagine your values as seeds planted in the fertile soil of your early life.

For instance, let’s consider the value of kindness. If you grew up in a family where kindness was consistently demonstrated, it’s highly likely that kindness became one of your core values. It could be the memory of your parents helping a neighbor in need, or the feeling of fulfillment when you extended a helping hand to a friend. These early experiences become the bedrock upon which your personal core values begin to take shape.

The Development of Personal Core Values

Think of your personal core values as a work in progress, continually evolving as you journey through life. They aren’t set in stone but rather dynamic, adapting to the ever-changing landscape of your experiences and personal growth.

Consider the value of resilience. Imagine a time in your life when you faced a daunting challenge, perhaps a career setback or a personal crisis. Your ability to bounce back, to summon inner strength and determination, may have played a significant role in overcoming that obstacle. This experience can mold resilience into one of your core values.

As you gain more life experiences and encounter diverse situations, some values may become more pronounced while others may recede into the background. Let’s say you’re introduced to a different culture through travel or friendship, and you begin to appreciate the value of open-mindedness and embracing new perspectives. This newfound awareness could gradually elevate open-mindedness as a core value in your life.

The key here is that your personal core values are not static; they’re like a fine wine that matures with time. They reflect the tapestry of your unique experiences, serving as a compass that guides you toward what truly matters to you in each phase of your life.

The Intriguing Similarities and Nuanced Differences

Sometimes, it’s fascinating how two values can sound strikingly alike on the surface, yet their essence and interpretation can vary significantly. Take, for instance, the values of ‘freedom’ and ‘independence.’

At first glance, these words may seem synonymous, both representing the desire for autonomy and self-reliance. However, when you delve into the nuances, you’ll find distinctions.

‘Freedom’ often conveys the idea of having the liberty to make choices and decisions without external constraints. It’s about the absence of restrictions and the ability to live life on your terms.

‘Independence,’ on the other hand, may be more focused on self-sufficiency and not relying on others for support or decision-making. It can emphasize the desire to stand on your own two feet and take responsibility for your life.

So, while both ‘freedom’ and ‘independence’ revolve around autonomy, their underlying motivations and implications differ. This exemplifies how personal core values, even those that may appear similar at first glance, can possess subtle distinctions that make them uniquely your own. These subtleties are what make the tapestry of our values all the more intricate and reflective of our individuality.

The Subjectivity of Values: A Matter of Perspective

Values, by their very nature, are subjective – they are colored by our unique perspectives and outlook on life. What might be an essential value for one person might hold a different meaning or significance for another. Let’s take the value of ‘success’ as an example.

For some individuals, success might be defined by career achievements, financial stability, and professional recognition. They may view success as the ultimate goal, driving them to work tirelessly to climb the corporate ladder or accumulate wealth.

Conversely, someone else may see success as a state of contentment, fulfillment, and work-life balance. They might prioritize spending quality time with loved ones, pursuing hobbies, and maintaining good mental and physical health as their definition of success.

Both perspectives are entirely valid, and the values associated with success are subjective, influenced by one’s personal experiences, cultural background, and life philosophy. This subjectivity is what makes personal core values so fascinating and reflective of our individuality. It underscores that there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to values, and they should be celebrated for the unique and personal meaning they hold for each of us.

The Dynamic Nature of Values Throughout Life

Life is like a grand novel, and with each chapter, our personal core values evolve and transform. They are not set in stone but rather like a flowing river, continuously shaped by the experiences and lessons we encounter on our journey.

Let’s consider the value of ‘adventure.’ In your youth, adventure might have meant traveling to distant lands, seeking new experiences, and embracing the thrill of the unknown. This value could have been the driving force behind your decisions, leading you to explore different cultures, try unconventional careers, or engage in daring activities.

As you move into a different phase of life, such as starting a family, your perspective on adventure may shift. Now, adventure might involve exploring new facets of parenthood, nurturing the growth of your children, and finding excitement in the everyday moments shared with your loved ones. The essence of adventure remains, but its manifestation and significance change.

This illustrates how personal core values adapt and transform throughout life, each chapter adding new dimensions and layers to the values you hold dear. Embracing this evolution is an essential part of personal growth and self-realization, as it allows you to navigate the ever-changing terrain of life with wisdom and authenticity.

Remember that understanding and embracing your personal core values is a powerful tool for self-discovery and personal growth. They are the compass that guides you toward a life that aligns with your true self. Embracing this fluidity is crucial for personal growth and authenticity, as these values continue to serve as a compass, guiding us on the path to self-realization and a more meaningful life.

INTEGRATION: Know Thyself

You are about to embark on a journey of truly paring down what core values truly drive you. This is an absolutely fascinating assessment that will take a little time to complete and a great deal of patience. You will be asked to pit one value against another. Some may seem quite opposite and others may seem very similar.

Assessment Link: Personal Values Assessment

Tips:

  • Breathe deeply
  • Work through each value comparison and read the definition of each for further clarification or intended meaning.
  • As you read the description, feel what resonates most deeply within you and know on a gut level that is your core value.

When you have completed the assessment, please come back over to the KISS Podcast Facebook group and share your results along with any comments on what you discovered as you went through the process!! 

*portions of this post were written with the assistance of Jeeves (AI)

The above blog post serves as a foundation for the insightful podcast episode titled
“Values: Unveiling the Soul’s Compass”
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In the podcast, the hosts expand upon the ideas and findings presented in the blog post, engaging in a more comprehensive and dynamic discussion. They delve into real-world examples, current events and emerging understanding related to this topic. Through lively conversation and real-world examples, the podcast episode offers listeners a richer understanding of the topic while fostering thought-provoking dialogue among any participants and audience. Together, the blog post, podcast and the integration of the “Weekly Wanderlust” activity create a multimedia experience, that informs, stimulates and utilizes the topic at hand to create a deeper learning and discovery experience.

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