Bringing your Values to Life

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Who you are in the classroom is a reflection of what’s going on in the rest of your life (and most of us have A LOT going on). Identifying what I truly valued was the first step for me in becoming more centred.

Living “off centre” might feel like overwhelming stress, low energy, anxiety, teariness, a sense of daily panic, depression – it was all these things for me – to the point where working at Woolworths was alarmingly appealing (and this is not intended to offend anyone who works at Woolworths. As a teenager I worked for 1 day at a supermarket, my till didn’t add up correctly at the end and they asked me not to come back – it was highly traumatic so I hope you can understand my aforementioned alarm).

This year I was lucky enough to be given the time to refocus and it truly saved my teaching career. I have at various times got to the point where I’ve prayed “You need to send something…. or I’m out.” This was one of those points but this time it would have been for good. I was given a true gift of time off work to recalibrate – my prayer was answered.

When I had decided that physical and mental health, my family, friends, a spiritual practice and my job were all the things I valued I set some goals around these in terms of what I wanted to see happen – so that who I was in the classroom was reflecting someone vibrantly alive and present. I will share a few examples here of how I brought my values into daily living in a very specific way.

Some of my Goals were:

I am living more fully in the present.

I have a strong body particularly my legs and core (I will write about the significance of this for me at a later date).

I pay attention to my body’s signals and honour what they tell me.

I have quality time with my daughter and husband.

I am calm, happy and energised at work.

Once I had decided on my goals I broke these down further into “Actions” and “Tasks”.

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Goal: I am living more fully in the present.

Actions: Meditation. Conscious breathing.

Tasks: Meditate as soon as I wake and before bed at night. Check in with my breath at designated points throughout the day (e.g. in the car, on the toilet, at the whiteboard).

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Goal: I have a strong body.

Actions: Cardio exercise in nature every day. Yoga.

Tasks: Daily yoga whenever I can fit it in + 3 longer sessions a week.

Schedule daily fitness around my husband’s work.

Plan my week on a Sunday.

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These are just 2 examples of how I turned my values and goals into actions – in an achievable way for me. I looked at my “Tasks” and committed to these to bring about the changes that I needed, to truly live out what I valued. If you end up with what looks like too many “Tasks”, commit to 3 things and once you’ve nailed these and they become part of your routine move onto the next.

I truly hope these ideas set you on a path back to your centre and a vibrant, value-centred life. Please comment here or on my facebook page to connect and share your story.

Next post I will look at the blocks that come up when trying to put these “Actions” into practice.

PS: WordPress just suggested I tag this post #woolworths – what a classic.

(sorry Woolies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)

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