What are MY goals based on MY needs?And I set out to answer that question. As a first step to understanding myself, I took up the values exercise to figure out what my core values are (in case you are thinking of trying to get yours, two links)
A few words that struck me strongly are -
From which I filtered out my top 5 core values which I could relate to few other values on the list and these core values made the moments of my life
- Achievement (Competence)
- Wisdom (Knowledge / Personal Growth / Improvement / Learning)
- Determination (Result-oriented / Sincerity / Attitude)
- Integrity (Inner peace / Freedom)
- Achievement gives me a sense of fulfillment. Looking back, my proudest moments were moments of achievement - achieving success, achieving solution, achieving resolution, achieving trust, achieving milestones, achieving total failure and the like
- Wisdom gives me direction. The pursuit of wisdom engages me with the walks of my life - family, work, society, spirituality...
- Determination tells me I have free-will. I tells me I have beliefs I am willing to stand for. It helps me in making an keeping commitments
- Integrity gives me happiness. It gives me the inner peace that I have done my best at any point of time given my constraints with the information I possessed at that time
- Meaning saves me from complacency. The pursuit of meaning in everything I do, figuring out how the pieces fit with everything else keeps me going.
Coming up with this list frees me at a certain level. All my time and all my effort from now on need to go into these areas because these are the core values that define me.
I heard our HR director mention that one feels a sense deep sorrow and general dis-satisfaction in life when their core values are compromised. And I have started vouching for that since I have figured out what my core values are.