I found this to be a difficult exercise. Maybe it’s because there are many things that are important to me. I guess the question is: should all these things be important to me? So I finally narrowed it down to six. I know the exercise said five but I just couldn’t consolidate or eliminate any further.
(These values are not ordered by priority)
So I’m assuming that these values will come into play further along in the process. I’ve always believed that everything I do in my life, including my finances, should reflect my values. But sadly, that isn’t always the case. Perhaps what I need to do is frequently remind myself of what my values are, or perhaps what I want them to be. Then every decision I make can be held up against the standard: Does this action fit in with my values? If it doesn’t, why am I doing it? Does it reflect values that I would like to have or is it simply a thoughtless decision? I think I often make thoughtless decisions based on what is expedient rather than weighing the significance of my choices.