How to Strengthen Your Values: Living a Life of Character and Virtue

Personal leadership is the process of keeping your vision  and values before you and aligning your life to be congruent with them. ~ Stephen Covey

So, how’s your life?

Are you staying focused on blessing and abundance in all things?

Are you making choices that are consistent with blessing and goodness?

Are you making them consistently?

God said we would be blessed to be a blessing. Are you sowing blessing seeds?

Our power and motivation to do the right things come from the values we hold dear, our internal operating system. Every moment we’re making minute choices that steer our lives. My last post focused on ten of the most effective. I hope it gave you food for thought – and motivation to improve some areas of your life.

I’m guessing that you, like me, are better at some of them than others. They are all values I hold dear, but some days … well, you know how it goes.

Benjamin Franklin had the right idea. He established a list of values that he wanted to develop in his own life. He called them his 13 virtues and it’s worth a few minutes on Google to read them. Each week he would focus on a different one, attempting to practice it with more consistency. He chose 13 because he could focus on each one faithfully four weeks each year.

As I’ve said before, talking to yourself also helps! Train yourself to recognize when you are NOT acting in ways that are consistent with your highest values. As soon as you recognize your poor attitude or reactions, stop. Refocus your thoughts, words and actions to realign with your values, your higher self.

For instance, when I become impatient and uptight because someone is interfering with my schedule, I mentally remind myself that “I am rooted and grounded in love.” Then I reaffirm patience and peace for myself. Being the loving person God intended me to be is more important than my personal agenda. I also know that Jesus gave me His peace (therefore, I already have all I need) and patience is a fruit of the spirit.

The truth is, nothing improves unless you work at it. Just like a sport or any other skill, you can improve yourself with practice.

So, what one value do you prize, but struggle to operate in consistently? Work on that this week – and let me know how it goes. In the meantime …

Be a blessing. (Sow some seed!)

Be grateful. (The more you appreciate what you  have, the more you will have to appreciate!)

Be blessed. (Exceeding abundantly above all you can hope, ask or think – He promised!)

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