Now, before I begin I want to ask you what your top 3 values are and keep them. Write them down on a post-it note, or grab a sharpie and write it on your forearm. These are defining words for you and your life starting from today.
I’ve learned that very simply, we become the values we choose.
Have you heard of the Got Milk commercials? Someone’s very successful future self comes from the future and encourages their 8 year old self to drink milk because if they do they will be a gold medalist figure skater running a side business with a really hot boyfriend, but if they don’t they’ll end up looking very homeless and very tired. First of all, great marketing Got Milk I’ve always been a fan, and second of all, we HAVE this power.
Reasons being milk is plentiful and within our grasp at our local Albertsons, but also because we have the power to determine who we will be in the future based on the VALUES that we build now. We can pick and choose what kind of person we will be in the future, by creating and abiding by a certain set of values. Values = Milk. And being in our twenties, this is the OPTIMAL time to choose what values are most important to us because it will effect our everyday decisions. And you are very well aware, as am I, that the twenties are a tumultuous period of life filled with scary, uncertain decisions. Now, with our values locked down all we have to do is check if the decisions we make are in line with our values.
“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.”
― Roy Disney
Another reason having values locked down is a good thing is that life happens. Think about balancing a family and a career. You know how sometimes people accidentally bring work back home with them, I mean physically they bring their work computer home but also sometimes people bring the stress and worry and frustration of work right back to their own dinner table without thinking about it. I vowed that one of my big value items (like Mcdonalds) will be family first. Life happens. It happens and we get caught up, but at that moment you will hopefully remember a promise you made to yourself…a promise of a very important value.
Values shape your life. Your life now and your life in the future. It’s an important thing to invest in now.
Be creative: Make your own crest, draw symbols representing your 7 big value items (yes, like McDonalds). Kate Middleton and Prince William have one and they’re doing pretty well for themselves!
“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”
― Mahatma Gandhi