Self Awareness Activities – The Values List

self awareness activitiesWhy do we need self awareness activities?

Self awareness activities provide ways to help you to become more aware of who you are and what you stand for. Here is one of my favorite self awareness activities to get you in tune with what’s most important in your life.  It’s called a values list. This activity is really three small self awareness activities combined in one. It starts with identifying your values, then remembering those values and finally living those same values.

How to use the Values List in 3 easy steps

1. Know your values

A value can be defined as a person’s principles or standards of behavior. The definition of value can also include one’s judgment of what is important in life. The first step in staying true to you or becoming more self-aware is by identifying those values or beliefs.  Take a few moments to identify 5-10 values that are important to you. Here is a List of Values if you need help. Whether you realize it or not, these values or beliefs are what are guiding you in your thoughts, actions, and decisions.

2. Remember Your Values

Once you’ve made your list of your most important values, it’s crucial that you review them as often as possible. I recommend reviewing your values list at least twice a day. The purpose of your list is twofold. At the beginning, the purpose of this exercise will be to make your more self-aware. Again, you can’t stay true to you without knowing you are and what you stand for. Your values list will have a huge impact on your ability to know what is important to you.

3. Live Your Values

Once you are more familiar with your own person values, use your values checklist as a way to see if you are living in accordance to what’s most important to you. For example, if “health” is one of your most important values you may want to ask yourself questions like: Did I fuel my body with healthy, nourishing foods? Did I take some time to exercise or participate in some other type of physical activity?

Again, this is a very simple process.

1) Make sure that you understand your values.

2) Make sure that your actions reflect those values.

I’d like to leave you with a quote by Brian Tracy: “Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.”

Please feel free to share any other self awareness activities that you may use in your own life.

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