The work you do is an integral part of who you are. This is true whether you do that work as a business owner or an employee, or whether you run a charity, a social-enterprise or work in a religious ministry. Your work is a personal extension of who you are and what you believe. This is why it is very important for you to be authentic and sincere in your work
Your personal values are a part of the things that make you who you are. They are like your personal guiding principles, ideas and concepts. They determine your decisions, behavior, words, and actions. Examples of personal values include adventure, balance, challenge, creativity, excellence, faith, family, flexibility, friendship, fulfillment, fun, godliness, independence, passion, privacy, service, status, variety and wealth.
Even though your values are acquired over time from your beliefs and your environment, they have become a core part of who you are. You may not realise it, but when it comes to the work you do, they largely determine how far you would compromise or allow yourself to go.
If the nature or environment of your work conflicts with your values, you may not be fully engaged in that work. You may feel such inner discontent and confusion or even sabotage your own chances of growth in that career.
Working according to your values creates peace of mind and the potential for success, because you are living authentically without confusion, guilt, or shame. Even small changes to align your career with your values can create a positive shift in your feelings and attitude.
When you need to make a huge or small career decision, there are many more things to consider than the potential income or growth opportunities of that career. You need to honestly ask yourself if the nature of that career is in sync with who you are and the things that you believe in and hold dear.
When your work is aligned with your personal values, you’ll be positioning yourself for freedom, growth and success in your career.