The Benefit of Creating a Values Driven Culture
Everyone values something. Once you have identified what it is that you value you are better able to make it show up in your life, you gain clarity, which allows you to be successful in what matters the most to you.
As a busy mom, I love the potential this has. I make decisions all the time and because I am the primary caregiver here at home, many of those decisions I make on my own. I can do it with confidence because the values my husband and I have established have created a framework for our family’s culture.
Being confident in our values eliminates time, stress, and guesswork that would otherwise slow me down and cause me to get stuck. << CLICK TO TWEET
There was a time when I used to volunteer for everything. My kids were little, and since I was a stay-at-home mom, I thought that was what I was supposed to do. Eventually, I put boundaries in place began to do less. But then a friend of mine asked if I was interested in being the committee chair for the TREP$ Entrepreneurship Education Program at my children’s school. My daughter had already participated in the program the year before and loved it. I immediately said, “YES!”
Biblical financial stewardship is one of our family’s core values, so being a part of this program was a value fit for us. We’ve been talking to our kids about money management principles such as Give - Save - Spend since they were four years old. Over the years they’ve earned money by doing extra chores around the house and selling lemonade. They’ve learned to manage a budget and be responsible consumers.
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My husband is the Marketplace Coordinator and handles all the details of the program’s main event. When my kids were young, they participated in the program, and now that they are older, they help teach class plus help with the setup and clean up of the Marketplace.
The program takes a lot of time and energy, but it’s worth the sacrifice because we know we are apart of something that matters to us as a family and the community. There is a purpose in it, and over time it has become what our family is known for.
In addition to having confidence in my YESes, knowing my values give me confidence in my NOs.<< CLICK TO TWEET
I no longer feel guilty about not volunteering for bake sales or book fairs. These are great ways to get involved in my kid’s school, but they are just not for me. They would stress me out and take me away from the projects I am passionate about.
Business or organizations typically have tangible goals like sales numbers, units sold, people impacted to measure success. We don’t have those types of goals as a family, however, If I can look at my calendar and see my values align with my activities I know I am living my best life. And by that I mean, I have confidence in what I am doing. I don’t compare myself to others and wonder about my purpose.
Want to identify your values and start cultivating your family's culture?
I have created a Core Values Kit that will walk you through the process of determining your values. You can download it for free HERE.
To determine if your values are driving your life ask yourself these questions:
- What do my actions say my values are?
- Looks at your calendar, are the appointments and activities align with your values?
- How am I spending my time, money, energy?
- What are you passionate about?
- What do you love to do that you are not doing?
- What do you want to be known for?
Family values give you a sense of purpose. In times of stress, crises, or transition they automatically guide you. The better you know yourself and what you believe, the more confidence you’ll have in decision making. You’ll be better able weather the hard times and navigate struggle.
Knowing your values will ultimately provide clarity and success for your family.