Practice Law 2: Your Governing Values Are The Foundation of Personal Fulfillment

Practice Law 2: Your Governing Values Are The Foundation of Personal Fulfillment

In the journey of life, understanding and aligning with our governing values becomes a profound exploration. Much like Benjamin Franklin’s pursuit of moral perfection, we all harbor a unique set of governing values that shape the core of our identity. These values, intrinsic to our being, encompass traits, beliefs, and aspirations that serve as the fundamental building blocks of our daily decisions.

When contemplating our highest priorities, we delve into a realm that defines our purpose and guides our decisions. From the desire for financial security to the pursuit of making a difference, governing values represent the mega-goals that propel us forward. Yet, there often exists a gap between these ideals and our present reality. Imperfect as our performance may be, the journey toward improving this alignment brings about a sincere transformation – an experience of inner peace that Abraham Maslow termed “self-actualization.”

Reflect on your governing values by asking: What are the highest priorities in my life? Of these priorities, which do I value most? This introspective exercise invites clarity and purpose, unraveling the unique tapestry of your individual values. Consider the following ideas to spark your exploration: 

  • Family
  • Financial Security
  • Personal Health and Fitness
  • Spirituality/Religion
  • Integrity/Honesty
  • Education and Learning
  • Independence
  • A Sense of Accomplishment
  • Occupational Satisfaction
  • Love For Others/Service
  • Imagination and Creativity

As you embark on this self-discovery journey, create a list of your governing values, accompanied by brief paragraphs explaining the significance of each. Embrace the fluidity of this process; values may evolve over time. The act of articulating these priorities on paper brings about a sense of clarity, purpose, and a deeper understanding of the inner harmony that arises when our actions align with our cherished values. In cultivating this unity, you embark on a transformative journey toward self-actualization, shaping a better, happier version of yourself.

3 Replies to “Practice Law 2: Your Governing Values Are The Foundation of Personal Fulfillment”

  1. This reminder gives very good advice. Periodically I review the actions I have taken to maintain the alignment described. I have found progress in making that alignment a reality. There are also areas that need more work and mistakes made that required moments of reflection.

    I have been able to learn from those mistakes and found alternatives that I have been using to adjust my efforts.

  2. Thank you for this moment of allowing me space in my busy to really remember my values and how my day to day activites or either aligned or not aligned with them

  3. Three Journeys. There are other words.

    But a great message, one I have espoused andtried to follow since first encountering the works of Covey and Smith in 1994.

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