At Workpond, we work hard to ensure that we match the right candidates to the right companies. Almost more important than matching skills, is matching values. We have therefore invited Deon Newbronner, CEO of Pitch Perfect Club to help you discover and recognise your true values; to help you recognise whether you are right for a company and the company is right for you.
‘Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your values. Your values become your destiny’ – Ghandi.
I’ve read this quote countless times. It pops up a lot in blogs. But more and more I’ve started to question if the process begins with beliefs, or if your values are actually the starting point for this continuum?
I expect that if put on the spot right now, most people could loosely outline their core personal values. Things like trying not to lie, not bearing grudges or treating others respectfully.
But few people actually take the time and space to really get to grips with their personal values. Fewer still will have tested them. And in interviews you need to help your interviewers get to know you.
It’s so important to get real clarity about your values. Especially if you are preparing for interviews. They are the essence of your personal journey. They are the essence of the real you.
So let’s check in with your values and make sure they are more than just your thoughts.
4 steps to getting clear…
Step 1 – List them. Yes, it’s pen and paper time. What are the values that you think you bring to your life? And I mean all aspects of your life. Not just your professional time. Can you write a list of up to 10 things?
Step 2 – Once you’ve got your list, think of the times when you have really acted in accordance with these values. How did it make you feel?
Step 3 – Ok. Now I want you to think of the times when you haven’t acted in accordance with your values. Were there any repercussions? How did it make you feel? And how does it make you feel now?
Step 4 – Now rank you values, with value number 1 being the most important to you, 2 being the second most important…and so on.
Am I right in thinking that when you reflect on when you act in accordance with your values that your life appears smoother? That you find flow and you feel pleased with yourself, and the people around you?
And when you don’t act according to your values, is the reverse true?
The next big idea?
Your true values make up your true story. Your interviews want to know about you and your story. And getting to grips with your story can contribute to ideas generation.
Having clarity about your values can really start to spark new ideas. Ideas that are true to the real you. Ideas that match what really makes you tick and turns you on in life and in business.
Remember to revisit your list from time to time. Things change. You change. So your values aren’t set in stone. It’s good to go back and test them.
Untested, they’re just words. But when you test them, they can point to your destiny and new ideas.
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