Seven Values to Help Guide Your Life & Work

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My client, and friend, Jean-Luc Boissonneault is an incredible person to know. He’s an entrepreneur who just sold his first multi-million dollar company and is now putting his time and effort into teaching and inspiring people to become entrepreneurs or at the very least, find freedom in their lives.

Jean-Luc, or as I like to call him, JLB, recently published a book that I think is life-changing for many people. The book is called YOULIGION and it focuses on a pretty simple premise: find your seven most important values and let that help you guide your life to success and to freedom.

I can get behind this idea, not just because he’s a client of mine, but because I’ve been saying for a long time that success looks different to everyone even though there seems to be a certain set of parameters that define success to the world. Jean-Luc’s book helps you to see that your version of success and my version of success will be different but that both feel the same when you arrive at it.

So, his book is a great exercise in figuring out what’s important to you. Once you know that, you can make better decisions, show up in the world how you want to show up and say yes only to that which helps to further your vision. The book walks you through a values-finding exercise in which you boil down a long list of values into a cohesive list of seven. The seven values that will help guide your life and your work.

I did the values exercise twice. Once when I first started working with JLB and again after the book was done. I downloaded his book (it’s free by the way), wrote out the values that jumped out the most to me and then I whittled those away into seven core values. Now, I found myself needing to have two sets — one for my life and one for my work — but they intermingle together to create a potpourri of work-life-love goodness.

What emerged were two lists that tell me what’s important to me. When I’m having a day in which everything feels foggy and I have no idea what to do, I can look at these lists and remind myself what’s important.

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In case you can’t read the photo, here are my two lists:

LIFE

  • Family
  • Love
  • Economic Security
  • Courage
  • Adventure
  • Inner Harmony
  • Friendships

WORK

  • Creativity
  • Autonomy
  • Trustworthiness
  • Recognition
  • Community
  • Challenge
  • Helping Others

The exercise was interesting because I found myself bypassing completely some of the values that I would have thought resonated with me and others that didn’t feel as important all of a sudden jumped to the top of the pile. Learning more about what’s important to me, and allowing that to guide my decisions, feels huge.

I’ve put both lists in my Moleskine that I carry with me everywhere. This way, I have a constant reminder of what’s important and what my values are. Jean-Luc recommends putting them on a Post-It note and putting it on your bathroom mirror so you see it every day. I’d also suggest, for you tech-savvy folks, to set it up as a calendar reminder that goes off every day at a time you know you’ll see it. Review your values and remind yourself what’s important.

Jean-Luc did tell me, after looking at my values, that I should try to narrow it down to seven overall. So, seven between both. When I did this, I essentially cut off the bottom of each list to retain only the following:

  • Family
  • Love
  • Economic Security
  • Courage
  • Creativity
  • Autonomy
  • Trustworthiness

Seems like a pretty great list to me!

I can’t recommend this little nugget of genius enough nor can I recommend the exercise enough. Head over to his website, download the free e-book and share your values, too! I love this stuff and am curious as to what you find most important. I’ll be sharing mine on the hash tag #YOULIGION and you should do it, too!


Originally published at Erin Blaskie.