Core Values

Having a strong mind and body that supports your vision is the basis of a
strong foundation. Just like any foundation, you must make sure
the elements that hold it together are strong enough to support your framework
(vision, plan, execution, and commitment). One of the main elements that
strongly supports and holds your foundation together is a strong set of core
values.

Core values are principle elements that guide behavior through the growth and development of strong standards that you to follow and live by. Core values define who you are inside and dictate how you perform on the 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 strong set of core values can lay out a path to success if you are committed them. When you stay true to your core values and remain committed to them, habits are formed toward 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 with finding out what core values will align with your vision and purpose. Understand what your shortfalls are such as old habits that 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.

It’s good to start with a short list of up to three to five core values. You don’t want too long of a list especially if they take great sacrifice, because a drastic change may cause to you turn back. 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 off these values, you may want to further add 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 the value and what it means to you personally. Ask yourself specific questions to determine the right core values. 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.

 

Foundation

A framework is only as strong as the foundation it stands on. Having a strong foundation for your framework requires a combination of a sound mind and body. The mind and body together make up who you are as a whole person. What you feed your mind and body will either produce fruit or cause setbacks as you journey to succeed. Your framework to success needs to be solid enough to withstand anything that wants to tear it down like fear, criticism, bad habits, and anything that does not parallel your purpose.

To solidify your framework, you need to focus on the little things that will help build it up. There are these fundamental elements that develop and establish your attitude and help you with decisions and direction. These fundamental elements are your core values. These are important to have because they reflect who you are and help control your thoughts and actions in a positive way, especially when aligned with your purpose. Core values protect you and the vision you pursue. They keep you within the bounds of your path to success.

The mind and body need to be protected and this may require sacrifice. For some people it will have to be routine changes such as adding more physical activity to keep the body strong and healthy or reading more books to strengthen the mind through knowledge and understanding. It may require a diet change so your mind and body can get the right fuel so you can thrive physically and mentally. Environment change could be a possibility if the conditions you are surrounding yourself with are not conducive to your success. For example, the people you hang out with may be holding you back from progress or even pushing you further away from your goals. I am not encouraging you to ditch your family or friends, but you want to make sure you are surrounding yourself with people who encourage and influence you to grow and succeed. This may mean you have to be more selective about who you spend your time with. Expose yourself to things and people who are relevant to your purpose and vision.

Make sure your foundation stays strong and balanced so you can perform at your highest levels of energy and mental sharpness. So, take heed to what you are putting in your mind and body. Is it relevant to your success, or will it hinder progress? Establish core values that will create the boundaries for you to thrive and succeed in while they block the outside noise.

Live to succeed, not survive!