The core values for my business are the same as my personal one because living by my core values is a fundamental part of who I am and how I do business.
I find society loves to talk about living from your values or organizations being value-driven, but I consistency see others struggle to choose concepts that are actually values and then be able to apply them in tangible and actionable ways. This is part of the work I help people do!
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Below are my four core values
that were born from a framework I created that answers these four questions:
How do you endure hardship?
How do you gain and sustain a growth mindset?
How do you wisely manage your resources?
How do you let go and move on?
How do I endure hardship?
I define integrity as honesty + accountability.
When I am truly honest with myself, it allows me to recognize what my most pressing needs are and to accurately take stock of the resources available to me and then use them.
This extends to how I interact with my clients and students. I don't shy away from asking uncomfortable questions or saying what seemed to be what everyone is thinking. Once the actual concerns or problems are identified, I then help guide folks towards transforming habits and systems for the better.
How do I gain and sustain a growth mindset?
A growth mindset helps me to develop critical thinking skills and see solutions to problems I otherwise might miss. My curiosity answer this question well for me because I have always loved learning and hear others' stories. Curiosity comes naturally to me.
When I apply this value to my work, it significantly increases my chances of making accurate evaluations and suggesting spot-on solutions. This is because when I ask curious questions instead of assumptive questions I am way more likely to receive the information I need to best support others.
How do I wisely manage my resources?
Equity means that everyone gets their needs met in a way that works best for them. I have found that one of my gifts is helping others manage their resources equitably, leading to the improved health of themselves and their communities and organizations.
Having equity as the answer to this core value question reminds me that I am just as an important part of the community; I need care too. It helps me manage my resources in such a way that I don’t burn out while working in a helping profession or over extend in my relationships with others.
How do I let go and move on?
When I choose to be accountable for my emotions, behaviors, and actions, and when I thoughtfully respond to situations rather than emotionally react to them, I am able to face changes in my life in a grounded way.
Choosing to be responsible especially during times of change helps me identify, organize and triage my priorities and needs. It helps me answer the questions, what do I have control over in this situation and what do I not? Mixing up those answers can be detrimental because if I am trying desperately to change something I cannot it depletes my energy and delays my grieving process. Now I'm hurting myself more than helping.
This is the same in my work. It reminds that I have little control over what the outcomes will be for those I serve. My job is to guide and suggest solutions based on my expertise. I have found that that guidance and those suggestions are the most helpful when I am able to take responsibility for what I have control over and don't try to take responsibility for what I can't.