A different resolution process.. habit change versus values shift

It is that time of year again and we talk of change, usually habits that we see as unproductive or possibly something aspirational.

Being the contemplative type I prefer to look a bit deeper and reflect on my values during this period of the year.

The question I encourage you to ask yourself is “does what I value in life remain the same this year as opposed to last year”. In other words what is important to me now versus previously.

In asking yourself this question consider your stage of life, career, personal and relational situation. Are you a parent now, do you manage other people as opposed to being a specialist working on your own, are your parents at an age where they may not be around for much longer. Do these things mean that you need to prioritise your time, attention and effort differently this year compared to last year. If yes then does this require an adaptive behavioural change?

An adaptive behavioural change requires you to shift your world view, paradigm or perspective in order to consistently behave differently. You can now see that by assessing your values you automatically get insights into what habit should be changed. A values shift assessment starts at the roots of your self and in my opinion gives your more bang for your effort invested in a new year resolution.

Here is a free tool to assess your values, enjoy!

Happy New Year,

Niall

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