Thanks to holistic coaches Sara Oakley and Christopher August of Soul in Wonder for the exercise that helped me complete this. You can find it here: http://veganwarrior.gr8.com
Since I have been working with identifying and living in congruence with my values since I was 28, (35 years ago–I’m 63), I hoped it was okay if I took the liberty of playing with this exercise and using it as a kind of jumping off place.
I had a blast (value: adventure!)
I decided to go through the list and give numbers to each value. 0=no value, 10=high value. This helped me to narrow down the choices. I think for my personality type this worked better than the way that was suggested in the exercise.
I added the following values: Integrity, Courage, Vulnerability, Transparency, Whistleblowing, Sociocracy 3.0 (in place of democracy), emotional intelligence and critical creative thinking (instead of intelligence).
I combined Spirituality and Self Actualization–they are so similar.
I had so much fun with this–I don’t exactly know why. I think each of the words that I ended up with has a vibration that really resonates with me. I might meditate and write about each one as a spiritual practice.
The main categories helped me to realize the core value I identified. The other words helped define the core value.
I also have written out many values in another format: http://www.veganutopiaecovillage/values
I loved this exercise because it helped me to see how I value autonomy–like when I have adventures, I often like to have them alone (unless someone is really open to being crazy and spontaneous! That is why I traveled alone at age 19 from Europe overland all the way to Sri Lanka and back.)
Yet I crave the stability of community.
And I want to be a leader–but a servant leader–with a team that I can work with and help facilitate–but not boss people around.
My spiritual side is essential. In my mind, self-actualization is synonymous with spirituality so I combined them.
Compassion is so important to temper my commitment to Integrity.
When I look at my Enneagram personality type (you can look at them here) I think that my values align with the description of who I am aspiring to be, and who I am meant to be. You can take a free test here
“Level 1 (At Their Best): Become self-restrained and magnanimous, merciful and forbearing, mastering self through their self-surrender to a higher authority. Courageous, willing to put self in serious jeopardy to achieve their vision and have a lasting influence. May achieve true heroism and historical greatness.”
Wow! I loved doing this. Thank you, Sara and Christopher!
Note: my core values are bold.
Recognition for the group
Reputation of integrity/trustworthiness
Critical Creative Thinking