De­cid­ing what mat­ters most

Great Health Guide - - CONTENTS - Me­gan McGrath

Ar­tic­u­lat­ing per­sonal val­ues is the fun­da­men­tal key to­wards de­vel­op­ing what­ever we would like our life to be­come. Per­sonal val­ues are a sig­nif­i­cant part of what is cen­tral to our well­be­ing. If we can de­fine our val­ues and then live ac­cord­ing to them, we will feel hap­pier and more ful­filled.

Val­ues re­ally should de­ter­mine our pri­or­i­ties. When the things that we do and the way we be­have match our val­ues, life is good, we feel sat­is­fied and con­tent. How­ever, with the hec­tic pace, com­plex­i­ties, com­pet­ing pri­or­i­ties and de­mands of the mod­ern world, we are find­ing that we are more and more only man­ag­ing to sur­vive. Thus, choos­ing the path of least re­sis­tance, which can be de­void of any val­ues, is the eas­i­est. This can lead to a real source of un­hap­pi­ness. That sick feel­ing that comes over us, when we know things are not gen­uine and sin­cere – we all have ex­pe­ri­enced this and it’s not a nice feel­ing.

There­fore, mak­ing a con­scious ef­fort to clearly iden­tify and un­der­stand our val­ues is so im­por­tant. When we are aware of them, ac­knowl­edge and re­spect them, then we can align our de­ci­sions with them – life is good and much hap­pier.

What are your val­ues? Can you clearly ar­tic­u­late your most im­por­tant val­ues?

The fol­low­ing is a list of com­mon per­sonal val­ues to help you get started. Try to choose the top ten ini­tially and then de­cide within that group, the top three that are most im­por­tant to you. Re­ally ques­tion your­self deeply. Think about what is the most sig­nif­i­cant to you in this mod­ern life.

• ac­count­abil­ity, achieve­ment, bal­ance, calm­ness, cheer­ful­ness

• com­mit­ment, courage, cour­tesy, de­ter­mi­na­tion, em­pa­thy, en­thu­si­asm

• ex­cel­lence, faith, fam­ily, fi­nan­cial se­cu­rity, fit­ness, free­dom

• gen­eros­ity, grat­i­tude, hap­pi­ness, hard work, health, hon­esty, in­tegrity

• joy, love, open­ness, punc­tu­al­ity, re­li­a­bil­ity, re­spect, re­spon­si­bil­ity

• self-con­trol self-re­spect, ser­vice, sta­bil­ity

• team­work, thought­ful­ness, trust, un­der­stand­ing.


Iden­ti­fy­ing, un­der­stand­ing and recog­nis­ing your val­ues can be a chal­leng­ing but a very em­pow­er­ing ex­er­cise. It is who you are. By us­ing them as a guide, you will con­tin­u­ally make the best choice in any sit­u­a­tion.

The most im­por­tant ben­e­fit from ar­tic­u­lat­ing our per­sonal val­ues is, that if we can live our lives ac­cord­ing to those val­ues, we will feel more ful­filled and ex­pe­ri­ence a much greater sense of well­be­ing.

Me­gan McGrath is pas­sion­ate about sup­port­ing and em­pow­er­ing women to­wards achiev­ing healthy, bal­anced and ful­fill­ing lives. She helps cre­ate sus­tain­able change for pos­i­tive last­ing re­sults and is proud to have helped count­less peo­ple thrive and flour­ish on their well­ness jour­ney. Me­gan has a Health Sci­ence de­gree, is a pro­fes­sional ac­cred­ited Well­ness Coach, a cer­ti­fied Fit­ness Trainer and Founder of Chas­ing Sun­rise – a Health and Well­ness Con­sul­tancy.

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