This whole personal development movement may be completely new to you and that’s OK! Let’s start at the beginning…
The first step in growing from the inside out is zeroing in on your values. Your values are the qualities in life that make you happy and keep you on the path to your North Star.
When you aren’t aligned with your core values, you feel uncomfortable, lethargic, and basically just icky all over.
For example, I used to have a friend that lied about EVERYTHING. She would tell me this elaborate story about her life and then shortly after, I would find out that it was all bullsh*t. I wondered why it bothered me so much… It wasn’t really affecting me directly?
But it was. Her dishonesty was a threat to one of my core values and it completely threw me for a loop.
When your values are being compromised, it can destroy your happiness which is why pinpointing these values is so important. Here are some more of my values:
I thrive off of a community of friends and family that support me. I am a very extroverted person and without the people I love, I would be lost. Meeting new people and developing deep relationships is one of my favorite hobbies.
I only surround myself with open, honest people. My inner circle is filled with open, honest people that I would give my life for. Sometimes I am TOO trusting and that definitely gets me into trouble…
This is especially important when it comes to my profession. If I feel like my creativity is being stifled, I get into a real funk. As a right brainer, being able to express my artistic side is VITAL in my career.
I am a claustrophobic person physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I need the independence to roam and live life on my terms or else I’m a real biotch. Kind of like when I am hungry.
Helping others is HUGE in my life. The satisfaction I get from seeing another person happy fills me with an overwhelming amount of joy. This is what keeps me going and hustling.
What are your core values? Pick 5 from the list here and think about whether you’re living up to these values.
Your twenties is the perfect time to explore what really matters to you in life and it can set you up for success down the road. Once you get into alignment, your North Star will shine brighter than ever.