In this life, we all strive for happiness. Some set the goal of achieving happiness through their work, some through their relationships; others spend a lifetime searching for the key to happiness when in reality it has been within them all along. Perhaps, to be truly happy you have to accept and appreciate who you really are. Knowing what your core values are and living by them makes attaining happiness much easier.
Core values are the beliefs about yourself that determine how you interact with the world. There are so many situations in life that can challenge these values. In business for example, the more successful you are the more a down turn can affect you and your business. It is important to take action when these events occur to protect your interests. But more importantly, staying true to your core values will give you a deeper satisfaction knowing that you found the solution to the challenge while keeping your integrity. Business without heart, it is just profitability and revenue. It becomes a mechanical process that inhibits the creativity and personal ownership of your staff. For some people that is how they see their business and that’s what works for them. But if your business is your in alignment with your purpose and you are passionate about what you do, you know that your business is more than just numbers. Whether you are in a small to medium business or you are the CEO of a large corporation, it is up to you to set the tone and the level of expected integrity for your company.
Life has its ups and downs and businesses go through the same process. It’s the nature of the economy. When these challenges cross your path they will either stretch you and you will grow through them, or they can break you. It’s a choice. If you have certainty about who you are and why you do the things you do, you have a strong foundation to build your personal and business lives on. This makes getting through the rough patches easier.
What challenges are occurring in your life today? How can you find solutions to those challenges, whilst staying true to your core values?