While growing up, we are all subjected to different environments. In fact, not two people on this planet have had exactly the same experiences. That is what makes each of us unique. All these different circumstances are the reason why each of us develops specific views, specific values and what later becomes our personality. However, often times these are all subconscious. We don’t even realize what our values are.
Imagine this. You are in a new environment and you don’t know anybody. You decide to talk to some people, have some conversations to feel out who you could potentially be friends with. If you don’t even know your own personal values, then how are you supposed to find someone who you will actually like? Or picture this. You are on a job hunt and you’re looking at different companies. If you just pick any random one, how can you ensure if you will really enjoy your work there? Now, if you notice the companies, whose visions and values reflect your own, the chances for job satisfaction increase.
“When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.” – Roy E. Disney
Making decisions is a daily part of life. We all have to do it but it’s often very hard. If you are not familiar with your own values, you can never be self-aware enough to make the right decisions and that will put a real dent into your leadership abilities.
In AIESEC we try to define the word leadership with 4 characteristics, one of which is self-awareness, for how can you lead others to be the best version of themselves, if you are unaware of your own shortcomings. How can you motivate people to strive for more and to be passionate about their work, if you don’t know your own feelings and values? The answer is, you can’t. There is a very easy fix for that. Be conscious. Take time to really think about yourself and your life and the experiences you’ve made. Think about what kinds of things make you feel positive and which make you feel negative. By being conscious, you will discover your deepest personal values and views in no time and this will positively impact many aspects of your life.
As Albert Einstein said, “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value”
Do you know your personal values?
An AIESEC Experience can help you understand them better. Find your opportunity at opportunities.aiesec.org.