Oscar arrived last night. He’s smaller than I expected. Grumpier too. And quite old. In fact he’s like a grumpy old man I know, dressed up in a dog costume. An Airedale Terrier costume. Actually he’s rather cute although I’m not falling in love with him in quite the same way as our last dog Barney. We dog sit through an agency, Barking Mad. It’s a brilliant way to discover new dogs – to enjoy the fun, companionship and excitement of having a dog without the same expense and responsibility.
The reason I mention Oscar is that I wondered if it’s too late to teach an old dog new tricks.
Based on my lightbulb moment this morning, I know it’s never too late to learn something new about yourself. And yes, I know, I keep having ‘lightbulb’ moments. That’s because I love to push and expand my comfort zone. I continue to work on my own self-development. I believe in walking my talk – that’s authenticity in motion. I encourage my clients to explore a little deeper – to find out who they really and what they really want. I need to do that too. To stay true to myself, and my values.
Today’s post then is about my lightbulb moment when I explored (again) my values. To me, identifying and understanding your values is an absolute foundation of the work I do with women who want to feel more confident.
If you don’t know what your values are, you’ll never understand those times when you’re unreasonably upset or when your emotional response to something that happens seems over the top. You won’t be able to make effective decisions. You’ll miss out on the opportunity to get clear on what you really want. And if you don’t know what you really want, how will you ever get it.
In this video post, I mention an activity that you can download to explore your own values. You can grab a copy right here.
So Oscar, before you go home, we need to teach you a new trick or two!