Mis-aligned values can cause havoc in your life.

Do you know what you value?

Are you able to express your values fully at work?

If you’ve never explored this topic, you may be surprised to realize how much work that doesn’t align with your values can create dissonance in your job.

Dr. John Demartini, Human Behaviour Specialist and Educator explains “When you live according to your highest values you become inspired and awaken genius. When you live according to your lower values you require continuous outside motivation and you suppress your genius.”

Understanding your values will allow you to have a greater understanding of why there may be frustration around certain areas of your work.

As an example, you may value creativity, yet your job as a data entry clerk requires you enter numbers into spreadsheets for hours on end. To perform work that so clearly doesn’t align with your values requires huge amounts of energy.

But when your work aligns with your values, it doesn’t require energy to complete, doing the work creates energy.

As I already covered in the other ‘You Can Figure Out What to do About Not Liking Your Job’, there are many reasons why you might not you’re your current position.

The first step in understanding if mis-aligned values are part of your problem, is understanding your values in the first place.  Here’s how:

Step 1 – Log onto: http://www.thegoodproject.org/toolkits-curricula/the-goodwork-toolkit/value-sort-activity/ and rank your values.  *Note: Rank your values according to how you currently operate at work, not according to how you want, or think, you should.

Step 2 – Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. How did it feel to have to have to cut some of your high-ranking values out of the Most Important category?
  2. Have you had the experience of having to give up your values at home or work?
  3. What has been the effect of having to give up your values?
  4. Identify how your four Most Important values show up in your work. If they don’t, reflect on how they could.
  5. How would things change at work if you were consistently living your values?

What came up for you? Do you have a greater understanding of what you value and how that shows up or doesn’t show up in your work?

If your values are lived daily at work, fantastic. This discovery may allow you to appreciate and enjoy it more. It also allows you to rule out mis-aligned values as being the main cause of not liking your job.

If your values are not lived daily at work, know this is all part of the process of understanding why you don’t like your job.

It’s massively important to be aware of, because without this knowledge you can’t possibly move towards a job you will like with certainty.

If this is the first post in this series you’ve read, check out the other topics to get a fuller understanding of how ‘You Can Figure Out What To Do About Not Liking Your Job’:

You Can Figure Out What To Do About Not Liking Your Job

Knowing and Using Your Talents at Work

This is Your Most Powerful Career Happiness Tool

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