Your value system will direct you through your whole life. It’s important to develop it as a guiding principle for all of your decisions. To help you think about what values you have, here are some questions to ask yourself.
Remember, be very specific. Go into detail. Feel free to mull over a question for a few days before moving on. Also, document everything. Write your answers down for reference.
What does happiness look like to you?
What does success look like to you?
Within your inner circle (maybe a little beyond your inner circle), who do you admire?
What traits overlap in these people?
Within your group of idols (some of these could be in your inner circle), what traits overlap in these people?
Who is the most successful person in history? (If you can’t list any, go out and look up some history.)
What traits brought them their success?
What did you want to be as a little kid?
Without any restrictions except your own mortality, what would you like to look back on when you’re 95 years old?
What is pseudo to you?
What are your favorite books? (If you can’t list any, go out and read some books.)
What lessons overlap within these books?
What are your favorite movies?
What lessons overlap within these movies?
What are your favorite video games?
What lessons overlap within these video games?
What are your favorite [any other media here]?
What lessons overlap within these [media]?
What is style to you?
What are your favorite quotes? Save these in a commonplace book.
If you could choose one phrase to guide you in the rest of your life, what would it be? Print that out and put it near your working space.
After answering all of these questions and writing down the answers in a safe place, set up a schedule to look back and review these answers. This could be part of your yearly review, or if you feel that you’re in a period of great change, it could be monthly.
I genuinely hoped this helped you. If you have any other questions to add or want to talk about your answers to these questions, leave a comment below or email me at [email protected].