Have you ever been in a situation where you've had to make a big decision and you were really stuck on what choice to make?
In your career, you have probably encountered many of these types of decisions. It could have been about a project at work, taking a new job, moving to another city, or even deciding if you should quit to start a new venture or look for another position.
When we're faced with tough decisions like these, we often turn to our friends, family and advisors for guidance and help because it's hard to trust ourselves when we don't know what's on the other side of the decision.
We look for other people to give us an answer in the hope that their insight and experience will direct us to the way we couldn't find ourselves.
While insight from people we trust can be helpful, your decision will only be truly fulfilling if you look to what you value most to guide you.
Values are your personal principles, standards and beliefs that guide you towards what you believe is important in your life and work. They're based on your personal life experience, and are constantly evolving but always serve as your "north star."
Think of your values as a combination to a lock. Everyone has a unique set of values, with a unique combination.
The goal in your decision making should be to match up as many of your top values as you can to hit the right combination. If more than a few are off, you'll struggle opening the lock.
If your top values are freedom, humor, and honesty, your choices are going to be much different than someone who values loyalty, responsibility, and respect.
When you struggle in your career, it's usually because one or more of your values is being compromised. If you can identify what value is challenged, then you can create a strategy to bring more of your values in alignment with your current situation to feel more fulfilled.
In your career decisions, use your values as your primary guide. Find the companies with a mission and values that align with yours, look for jobs that feel like a right fit for your current values, connect with others that share the same values as you do.
By identifying and honoring the things you value in your life and work, you'll have more confidence, clarity and enthusiasm for ever decision that you make.
What are your top values and how can you honor them more in your career?
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