How Embracing Core Values Can Enhance Professional Change –

Since the Covid Pandemic began, our personal, professional, and social lives have changed in surprising ways. Many Americans are now working from home, spending more time with their family, yet they are still feeling isolated and lonely.  As human beings, it is natural to seek connection, a sense of purpose, and a feeling of belonging.

At Healing Hands School of Holistic Health (Healing Hands), we have over 8,000 graduates who fulfilled their sense of purpose as a Professional Massage Therapist or Holistic Health Practitioners. They found a reason to get up each day and feel excited about their lives again.

If being stuck in indecision and non-action is plaguing you, it may be time to examine, define, and embrace your Core Values. Here’s why:

 Benefits of Embracing Core Values

  • Can lead to greater self-awareness so you can make positive changes.
  • Allows you to be more authentic and connect with others more comfortably.
  • Decision making is easier because you’ve prioritized what’s most important.
  • Provides guidelines for how you want to interact in the world and others.
  • Allows you to move through life with clear intent, conviction, and resilience.
  • Gives you permission to make mistakes and adopt a growth-oriented mindset.
  • Helps increase self-confidence and a sense of purpose.
  • Provides an enhanced ability to overcome perceived and objective obstacles.
  • Allows you to prioritize your time and energy.
  • Makes saying NO to unanticipated ‘asks” a valuable ally in achieving your goals.
  • Relieves self-doubt and fear that might otherwise sabotage efforts.
  • Change, especially positive becomes less difficult to execute.
  • Helps clear a path toward greater life-satisfaction.

 Values Worksheet

Clarify Your Core Values

Recall times when you were so absorbed in what you were doing that you hardly noticed the time. What were you doing?

Introspective Question:

  • What are my passions?
  • What skills do I enjoy using?
  • What would I like to learn more about?
  • What is it that excites and drives me?
  • What do I daydream about?
  • What are my /natural strengths and abilities?
  • How do I want to contribute to the world?
  • What would I love to try if I were free of self-doubt, or fear?
  • What legacy would I like to leave?

 Personal Values Defined.

Review the examples below and circle all the values you deem most important to YOU!

Accountability Achievement ($) Advancement Adventure
Arts Autonomy Authenticity Authority
Challenge Change Control Collaboration
Community Compassion Competence Competition
Communicative Courteous Concise Cooperation
Connection Creativity Decisiveness Democracy
Education Skill-building Sports Accomplished
Economic Security Environment Effectiveness Efficiency
Ethical Living Excellence Excitement Empathy
Emotional Intelligence Emotional Stability Empowerment Expertise
Fame/Notoriety Fairness Freedom Friendships
Fast living Fast-paced work Financial wealth Financial security
Happiness Healthy Lifestyle Healthy Body Healthy Eating
Healthy (non-toxic) Friendships Having a Family Healthy Mentally Helping Others
Honesty Independence Influencing Others Inner harmony
Integrity Intelligence (high) Kindness Leadership
Love Loyalty Meaningful Work Money
Nature Openness Order Tranquility
Stability Peace Personal Growth Pleasure
Power Privacy Professional Growth Recognition
Relationships Religion Reputation Responsible
Skill-building Self-awareness Self-confidence Self-esteem
Self-expression (creative) Self-respect Sports /Athletics Physical Strength
Sophistication Spirituality Truth/Trust Time Away
Wisdom Work Quality Working one on one Work as a team

Top ten most important Values.

Take time to consider and compare these values until you can prioritize them based on today’s circumstances. These are your top ten core-values; achieving alignment with these values will enhance your life in expected and unexpected ways.  They reflect WHO YOU REALLY ARE!

Values Serve as Guidelines for Decision-making.

Refer to your top 5 core values when making important decisions.  Aligning with values daily will empower and direct your actions and promote positive change.  They help you decide how you want to invest your time, energy, and money.  They can help you decide the boundaries that affect your personal, social, and professional lives today, and for years to come.

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Are you someone who craves meaningful work? Someone who’s interested in helping others? Are you fascinated by the Human Body? Want to know more about the important benefits of Holistic Health and self-care? If you’ve answered YES to any of the above questions, you may be destined for the satisfying career of Professional Massage Therapist.  Learn more online at www.hhs.edu or call us for a classroom tour at (949) 305-2722/Laguna Hills, (760) 746-9364/Escondido, (858) 505-1100/San Diego (Kearny Mesa).

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