Courtney Booth, co-owner of Booth Leadership, is a speaker, trainer and coach to small and mid-sized businesses & organizations. Courtney adds impactful value and growth to individuals and teams in leadership effectiveness, stronger communications and relationship building skills. She lives and works on a small farm in rural Plymouth, Wisconsin with her husband of 21 years, Chris and their 4 children. As a family, they are active in the dairy, swine and leadership projects of 4-H, their church youth programming and love to play basketball, football, volleyball, soccer and baseball.
After her husband’s heart attack and recovery, Courtney found herself deflated, lost and looking to regain her confidence. The discovery and realignment of her values helped simplify her needed action to claim their life once again.
Courtney and I have been friends for 5 years and I always leave our conversations with greater clarity and feeling refreshed. About a year ago we had a conversation about values that stuck with me ever since and it changed how I live out my days. I hope this conversation does the same for you.
Why are values important?
Selecting a few core values help us gain tremendous clarity and focus in life. The benefits help us understand what’s truly what’s important to us. It gives us the ability to be able to make consistent decisions. The clarity of our values leads to committed action and the continual development of new habits for a focused life.
Discovering Your Values
There are a few ways you can find your values. For some it’s easier to process out loud with people who care about you and want what’s best for you. Through conversation and reflection of growing up core memories can lead to and connect us to values that have most likely always been there. What got you excited? What are you most proud of? Where did your energy flow?
You can also use a values sheet to solidify your values. Group words that speak to you and create categories of similar words. Through this process a handful of values will rise to the top and capture your gut feeling.
We continue to evolve and grow, always and clarifying our values happens over time. Be patient and give yourself grace as you ‘try on’ and discover your values.
When you know your values, you know how to prioritize your time and our most important resource, our energy. Our values help us say our ‘best yes’ to commitments that align with our best self.
Allow your values to make your decisions and guide your time for you. When you know who you are you also know who you are not. Be confident and walk out your ‘best yes’.
In this season of life we all have constant change and can feel delated and find it difficult to take action. You are not alone! We all are feeling this to some degree right now. Give yourself permission to feel what you are needing to, express what’s on your mind and process the emotion. Then ask yourself, ‘What do I know? What matters to me? How does God see me?”. Look to your past for clues about what to do next. Who has helped you move forward? What things bring your energy and get you moving? What outlets provide life into you?
Let go of the unknown and lean into God and trust that he has a purpose and process for you to follow in all seasons.
Values may change and have different priorities in different seasons of our life but knowing our values clearly can help us know where to invest our time. When we live out our values it brings immense satisfaction and meaning to life.
VALUES KICKSTART COMPLIMENTARY OFFER: If our values discussion peaked your interest today, then I would invite you to email Courtney at firstname.lastname@example.org or direct message her on BoothLeadership Facebook page and ask for her VALUES KICKSTART COMPLIMENTARY OFFER – You’ll receive your very own Personal Timeline Tool with a 20 minute Coaching Discovery Call as a listener of today’s Win the Day Podcast. Don’t wait on this opportunity if you desire to feel less confused, would like to make decisions easier, and gain back your personal and professional clarity.