Learning the Importance of Core Values from a Groundhog

It’s a Happy Day – new month, a new week, and new opportunities to crank up the work and outlook on your intentions that you’ve set for this year. Tomorrow is also Groundhog Day, the day when Punxsutawney Phil will either see his shadow or not. 

For me living in Florida, it does not hold much meaning, but for those of you up North I’m sure it does have (some) meaning as to whether you will move into Spring or stay in Winter. Whatever way Punxsutawney Phil ‘looks’ I hope it goes your way!

I have some very happy memories when I was younger and living in PA of visiting Phil; my younger brother went to college close to Phil’s home, which is located in the library in Punxsutawney, PA. I remember how he looked lounging in his clear glass, air-conditioned/heat-controlled home; he gets taken out the night before and placed in the hole he comes out of.

I often wondered how that must feel to have all that fanfare over his actions – people, cameras, lights, action – and how he must be fearful and run back into that hole, prompting his prediction of six more weeks of winter!

But I think that Phil holds true to his core values – if he feels safe and confident, then he will come out but, if not, then he will do the opposite and hide. We all can take a lesson here; we can keep true to our core values and what we stand for/believe in or we can allow our fears to keep us ‘in the hole.’ 

Keeping true to who were are is what gets us ahead and keeps us in the game of where we belong. If you are unsure of your core values, here are some questions that can help:

1. List your top five values and rank them from 1 (the least) to 10 (the best)

2. What must you have in your life (not basic needs) to be fulfilled?

3. What are you tolerating in your life and your career that you think might be 

    be normal but actually go against what you value?

4. How do you, or can you, honor your core values that will positively affect 

    your life and the work you do?

5. What actions can you take that will help you go back to those core values and 

    make them the center of your life?

Values are so important to who we are and how we live our lives; without them, there will be some type of conflict with the people you interact with and the work you do all of which will prevent you from having all you want and who you want to be. Take a lesson from Punxsutawney Phil and be true to you!

Your Weekly Action Plan

Take time, starting today, to reclaim your core values by taking time to self-reflect and then write your answers down. Decide what specific actions you will take to make your values the core of your being; decide how you want them to be a part of the relationships you have and the quality of them, the way you treat your coworkers, in how you can make them a part of your work and your life, and in the person you want to be. Have a Happy Day and an Inspired Month!

I hope you have a successful week – If you need help gaining clarity on your business or career goals, or in developing your action plan, why not get some help – stop the struggle and call today to get started. I’d love to help you build the career and business of your dreams!

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