Having a strong mind and body that supports your vision is the basis of a strong foundation. Just like any foundation, you make sure the elements that hold it together are strong enough to sustain your framework (vision, plan, execution, and commitment). One of the main elements that strongly supports and holds your foundation together is a sturdy set of core values.
Core values define who you are inside and determine how you perform outside. They can either be personal or organizational. They are a decree of what is right and wrong based on a belief system that is devoted to your vision. A solid set of core values will support your path to success if you are committed to them. When you commit to your core values, habits will develop a new mindset. A new perception is formed on how you view your path to success.
How will you define what your core values are? Start by finding out what core values align with your vision and purpose. Understanding your shortfalls, such as old habits, might keep you from the progression of what you want to achieve. Your shortfalls are anything that will hold you back from performing and achieving. Identify your shortfalls and define what core values will help you eliminate them. Living by core values requires sacrifice and discipline. Create a list of values that are suitable for your success. The values you choose will recondition your heart and mind if you remain committed to them. Have your list visible as much as possible. When you go to sleep and every morning when you wake up and even before you head out the door, look at your list. If you have a daily calendar or journal you always carry with you, then write them down in a place where they stand out as a reminder of who you are. As you establish habits based on these values, you may want to add more to your list. As your list grows, you can adapt to more changes and continue to align yourself more to your purpose and vision.
Each value is more than just a word on a list. You should describe it and what it means to you personally. Ask yourself specific questions to determine the core values relevant to your purpose. Here are some examples, “How are these values going to impact my behavior and attitude, and overall performance?”, “How can these values help me turn away from bad habits that are detrimental to my success?” Dig deep when asking yourself these questions. Your future will depend on it.