If you’re struggling to be as successful as you’d like to be, there’s a great chance that a discrepancy exists between your goals and your values.
When our goals are antithetical to our values, success can seem all but impossible.
We don’t like to behave in ways that are counter to our values, so if there’s a mismatch, something has to give.
So stop coming up short when it comes to achieving your life and career goals.
Have you ever taken the time to examine your values?
Most people have never given their values a second thought. This is a shame, because a person’s values guide their thinking, decisions, and actions.
Most of us have an idealized impression of our intentions, values, and qualities.
What are your goals in life? What do you want to accomplish? Do you want to be wealthy? Get a six-pack? Write a screenplay? Save the whales? Build a real estate empire?
The first step to any great success is to identify your objectives.
If your values and goals don’t match, the odds of success are dismal without something changing.
Look at your goals and look at your values and be honest with yourself about what you recognize. Do your goals support those values or vice versa?
Imagine you could build a person from scratch that would be perfect for accomplishing your goals. What values and qualities would they possess?
How would you be different if you had these values?
How well can you rearrange your values to match that ideal set of values?
The closer you’re able to come, the greater the odds of your success.
Imagine that your goal is to save $20,000 for a down payment on a home.
Let’s suppose that you’ve determined that you need to be someone that values saving money over spending. How can you build this value in yourself and make it a part of you?
When you keep proving to yourself over and over again that you possess a value, those actions will build and reinforce that value.
So go back and evaluate whether your goals and values a good match. It’s important that they are because success is much easier when your values and your intentions are highly compatible.