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Discover Your Values - The Key to Happiness

Jul 3, 2008
What is fulfilment? How can I attain it? How can I possibly be fulfilled in this world? I hear these are questions with great regularity in my coaching practise. More than ever people are questioning how they can live their lives with a true feeling of fulfilment.

I believe that fulfilment comes from an inner experience. Our current world would have us think that it's something to do with what we have or do but in truth it is directly connected with how we are - our (human) being. We can feel fulfilled whatever is happening in our lives, but it doesn't necessarily mean that everything is hunky-dory.

We could be going through the most challenging time and yet still feel fulfilled. How come? Because fulfilment comes from living in line with our own personal values. Once we identify our values and live them, then that congruence is has a very special feeling.

What are our values? Values are totally personal to us, they are our enduring beliefs by which we live by, e.g. Honesty, Respect, Love. What is important to you may not be important to me. That makes neither of us wrong, just individual. One way of identifying your personal values is to think of a time when you felt compromised or frustrated or angry in a situation. What was your mind telling you at that moment? What was happening that was wrong? What should have been happening?

It is these moments that highlight our own personal values. Joyous moments can also be good at illuminating our values too. Those moments when nothing has to change, everything is perfect. What was going on then, what value was being lived in that moment?

Once you identify your values, and there are many ways to do that, we need to be honest and ask ourselves - are we living by our values? Where do we compromise too much? Is our work in line with our values? Do our personal relationships reflect what is important to us? Do we live our lives guided by our own blueprint? If the answer is yes then great. If the answer is no then we have a choice. We can start to address the areas of our lives where we are incongruent. We can take responsibility and make the changes necessary to bring our lives back into line with who we truly are.

In this way we will begin to live fulfilled lives. I often coach people who although they are dealing with the challenges in their life they feel much more alive and complete by living their values. It is like the whole of us is showing up for life and when we do that it rubs off on those around us and our world is a better, happier place.
About the Author
Jessica works internationally as a Life Fulfilment Coach empowering people to create the life they choose and gain fulfilment in every area of life. If you would like to arrange a time for her to call you for a free introductory session please email Tel +34 958 639 593 or jessica@jessicamcgregorjohnson.com. For more information visit her website by clicking this link
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