Personal Values vs McDonald’s Value Meal

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This title may sound funny but some people do not really think about the personal values they live every day. McDonald’s is very clear on what they want us to value- their meal. They are very clear on how we can feel about it as well- Your Loving it! They spend millions of dollars a year to market and advertise how we should value their meal and restaurant.  So my questions is what do you do to put your personal values on the forefront of your life? I bet you like most people struggle with this question. By the end of this blog post I am going to help you create your own top 10 values to live by. By knowing what your personal values are you will be able to guide your life in a more conscious way allowing you to be more of the person you want to be.

What are personal values? In short, personal values are what we find of worth such as family, financial security, Education. These values help you feel good and connected with people, yourself, and the world.

We value different things the older we get. Teenagers will value their independence, self-expression, cloths, and how they are viewed by their peers. Someone in there 40’s will value family, financial security, and health. People’s values can change every 5-10 years. So it is always good to re-evaluate them.

Here is a list of values to help you determine your top 10 values. You will have more values in your life but for now we are picking 10.  Here are a list of 30 values that was taken from a 1992 survey in the United States by the Franklin Quest Co. These values are numbered in order of what was identified as the highest priority to these people’s lives. This was taken from the author Hyrum W. Smith.

1. Spouse 2. Financial security 3. Personal health and fitness 4. Children and family 5. Spiritual and Religion 6. A sense of accomplishment 7. Integrity and honesty 8. Occupational satisfaction 9. Love of others/service 10. Education and learning 11. Self Respect 12. Taking responsibility 13. Exercising leadership 14. Inner harmony 15. Independence 16. Intelligence and wisdom 17. Understanding 18. Quality of life 19 Happiness/Positive attitude 20. Pleasure  21. self control  22. Ambitions 23. Being capable 24. Imagination and creativity 25. Forgiveness 26 Generosity 27. Equality 28 Friendship 29. Beauty 30. Courage.

I want you to write down your top ten values from this list. These are values that you want to incorporate in your life now. If you have other values that are not listed then use those as well. How do they feel?

Do they seem manageable?

I am guessing they do not surprise you. How many of these values have you lived today?

Write down and place these written 10 values in a location that you will see multiple times a day. You may want to have multiple cards placed in strategic places such as bathroom mirror, dashboard of car, purse, wallet,  refrigerator etc…  Focus on picking one value a week and put more time and attention to it. Every 6 months look at your values and see if they need updating.

Well done!!!!! continue to live your values, and live in the possibilities of  life one step at a time. If you have done this exercise then you are doing it!

Remember the following:

If I were to offer you a $100 dollar bill would you take it? Yes, right. Now let’s say I crumple it up in my hands so it is squeezed into a small ball. Would you still accept it? Now what if I throw it on the floor and stomp on the $100 bill. Do you still want it?…of course it’s a one hundred dollar bill. You would be crazy not to take it and I am a counselor I know these things.  Now in life we may feel beaten, bruised, stepped on or run over, but at the end of the day we have worth, importance, and value. Despite how wrinkled and battered we may feel. The world needs you and your worth is more then all the money in the world. So please live it to the fullest now! Life ends the same way for everyone so enjoy the moment.

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About stuartcline

I have been a therapist for over 15 years, and certified life coach for over 2. I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Art Therapist, and a Licensed Substance Abuse Counselor. I believe the world is a better place when people are inspired and have hope. Positive people lead happy lives. My hope is that my blog stuartcline.com will offer those who read it an uplifting thought or a tool to give their life even more quality. I believe our best thinking has given us the results we now have and if we want another outcome then we need new information. I offer new information. I believe in you and the positive choices that you are making. Do what feels right and stop doing what does not. My hope is that our good deeds will ripple out into the world and leave it a little better then it was before. My goal is to make it easier for people to smile. Smiling matters. It leaves the world a little brighter and our hearts a little lighter. My hope is that smiling will be so common and contagious that we may all need to wear sunglasses, because the light created from the smiles is blinding. With kindness, Stuart
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