Here’s why knowing your values is so important. When you know them, you make decisions faster, and those decisions support you, they don’t sabotage you. You know the difference between when you are acting congruent with your values, and when you are straying because your body tells you.
When things aren’t right, you don’t feel right. Curiosity becomes anxiety. Self-assuredness is replaced with doubt. Butterflies in your stomach no longer flutter, they punch. If you ignore the signs, they don’t fully go away; you just grow used to them.
This is not where you find confidence, nor good leadership. When you know your values, you know what you want. When you are a leader, you tell people what you want.
When the answer is yes, you show gratitude and keep moving forward.
When the answer is no, it can sting, but it is better to know no now, not later. You still show gratitude and move in a different direction.
Your values make it possible, so make time to get to know them better.
Also published on Medium.