Values and Purpose

The actress Lili Tomlin once said: “I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific.” (kind of reassuring coming from such an accomplished artist). But from that statement comes an understanding. Many times I found myself wondering if what I am doing every day has a purpose, and a good one, for that matter. But more importantly, how do I know if I have a purpose if I do not know what my governing values are? Values help us identify ourselves and find purpose in life. They also give us an opportunity to better align our inner selves with our daily activities – something others call ‘balance’. The tricky part is to take the time to identify our values and to establish how we make them part of our daily life.

Hyrum Smith, founder of Franklin Quest and co-founder of Franklin Covey, stated: “This will probably be one of the most difficult things you will ever do, but it will also be one of the most rewarding. As those things that really are of greatest importance in your life begin to emerge on paper, you will experience a sense of clarity and purpose unlike anything you have felt before.” By discovering and identifying your governing values, you will develop a clarity of both purpose and direction. But you have to have the discipline to take the time for your discovery and to write down what you find out. While doing so, you will find yourself personally empowered, feeling exhilarated about life and opportunities ahead of you. In fact, you will be able to see those opportunities, rather than sulking at the lost chance. Remember: we are leaders within our own circle of influence. But our Circle of Influence starts with ourselves. We need to lead ourselves in order to lead others, or to have a better life.

So spend as much time as you need, as your discovery process will not happen overnight. Allow patience but also a rigorous honesty with yourself. Without it, you will not have a realistic picture and will deceive yourself. Remember the old saying “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

One more thing, we all have governing values deep within the core of who we are. Through self-reflection and inquiry, your values can emerge to a conscious level. You might be surprised what you learn from this experience!



About alby59

Alberto has a 25-year plus career in Local Government which began as City Manager in Italy. He currently serves as Chief Administrative Officer for the District of Lake Country in beautiful Central Okanagan BC. In addition, Alberto is Adjunct Professor to the Political Science Department of the University of Northern British Columbia and teaches a variety of local government related courses. He has developed a series of lectures on Leadership and Ethics and is designing a Project Management course aimed at Local Government and public sector practitioners. Very active in both his professional and academic life, Alberto has served as President of the Local Government Management Association of BC and the Association of Records Management Administrators of BC and Yukon. He also served as member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Tsunami Recovery Committee for the reconstruction of communities and local governments in Sri Lanka and Indonesia hit by the 2004 Tsunami and managed an FCM capacity building program with the City of San Fernando, La Union in the Philippines while with the Township of Langley. Alberto has earned facilitator certifications with Franklin Covey and Cognitive Edge, and continues to foster his interest in personal education and professional development. He is an avid reader, music lover, and science fiction movie aficionado. He plays guitar and piano for fun and sings with his wife and his children. He is also very active in his church and community being a former Rotarian and currently serving as the Second Counselor in the Thompson Okanagan (Vernon Stake) Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. However, his most important interest is his family: his wife Silvana and their two children Victor and Grace.
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2 Responses to Values and Purpose

  1. oscar says:

    Mi sono piaciuti questi ultimi due cioé questo articolo insieme a quello della sorella cieca…certo che sono veritá con molto da svilupare nei momenti difficili…Cerco ma a volte vorrei una “fermata” da dire perché questa prova dopo questa altra cosí forte…Mi succede caro Alberto, non solo ho perso (per ora nella carne) mi compagna ma i miei figli in questi 10 mesi sono una sfida costante per me… forse per darmi uno scopo in piú. Le nuore pure…specialmente una…mia suocera… quindi mi trovo ancora solo datto che la mi speranza si basava molto nella contenzione da parte di loro verso me. Ho cercato e lo faró ancora di essere d`aiuto, di non sbagliare lí dove loro mi vogliono perfetto, ma propio ricevo poco aiuto… ma leggendo questi due articoli mi aiutanno a cercare di “riuscire” quale scopo di essere rimasto un pó solo e in onore a lei…lo faró !! Ti voglio tanto bene

  2. alby59 says:

    Grazie Oascar per il tuo pensiero. Certamente non e’ facile. Ma siamo parte di un grande piano e sono certo che un giorno le cose andranno diversamente.

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