What Do You Value In Life?

Outstanding performance is one of the keys to success that I discuss in Straight Talk for Success.  If you want to become an outstanding performer, you need to do three things: 1) become a lifelong learner; 2) set and achieve high goals; and 3) organize your time and life.

When I did a Google search on “personal organization” I came across an article by Roy Posner in which he listed several ways in which you can become better organized.  Here are his ideas for becoming better organized:

• Organize the physical things around you — your home, your paperwork and your finances. • Increase your level of cleanliness and orderliness.
• Be punctual and on time.
• Prioritize to whom your emotions and attention should go. 
• Manage your time, your schedule and your work.
• Systematize activities in your life — from cleaning and cooking to bookkeeping.
• Balance your work load during the day.
• Coordinate and organize your communications with others.
• Further organize and distill the knowledge you have in life.
• Delegate work, tasks, and duties to others when appropriate. 
• Determine your goals and aspirations.
• Sort out what is truly important to you in life.
• Organize and prioritize your personal values.
• Organize your mind and your thoughts for better thinking and understanding.

Which things on this list give you the most difficulty?  What have you done to deal with them?  What’s worked and what hasn’t worked?  Please leave a comment sharing your advice with us.

I’ve found that two pieces of Roy’s advice have benefited me greatly over the years.  By “sorting out what is truly important to me in my life,” and “organizing and prioritizing my personal values,” I’ve been able to create the focus I need to be successful in my life and career.

Early on, I discovered that I values three things above all others.  1) Always do your best.  2) Treat everyone with the dignity and respect they deserve as human beings.  3) Be willing to help others with no strings attached.

Once I came to the understanding that these principals are the ones by which I want to live my life, little things like choosing a career became obvious to me.  That’s why I became a VISTA Volunteer upon my graduation from college and why I got into the training and development field after I completed my year of service.

It’s also why I’ve expanded my consulting and speaking practice to include coaching.  Coaching allows me to work one to one with others, helping them achieve their career and life dreams.

What is truly important in your life?  What are your personal values?  How have you used them to guide your life and career?

The common sense point here is simple.  Outstanding performers are well organized.  Determining the things that are truly important to you in your life can help you become better organized.  Once you are clear on what is important to you, and the personal values by which you want to live your life, it becomes easier to make important career and life decisions.  If you are floundering a bit, go back to basics.  Determine what is truly important to you in life.  Then choose a set of values that will guide your behavior.  Once you do this, a lot of career and life decisions that may have been perplexing will become more clear to you.

That’s my take on personal organization, and personal values.  What’s yours?  Please leave a comment on your experiences in this area.  Thanks for reading – and writing.


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  1. Hi Bud,
    I have been reading your blog for a while, and want to thank you for another great post. I do have one question for you that is not so much about being an outstanding performer personally, but how to promote outstanding performance among members of my team. I work for a local marketing company in Boston, and am always looking for quality people. Any tips or suggestions where I can find them?

  2. Sounds like you’ve read a book I’ve been reading, called “The Four Agreements,” by don Miguel Ruiz.
    Here they are:
    1) Be impeccable with your word.
    2) Don’t take anything personally.
    3) Don’t make assumptions.
    4) Always do your best.
    It’s a very good book, certainly available at the Tattered Cover!
    Margot, the Marrakesh Mystic

  3. Margot:
    Yes, I’ve read “The Four Agreements”. I must have integrated them into my life, as I was not consciously thinking about the book as I was writing this post.
    Thanks for reminding me, and other readers about this little book. It is very thought provoking reading. I recommend it highly.
    All the best,

  4. Louisa,
    I’m a recruiter for Hollister staffing (http://hollisterstaff.com/) and we are trying to place people all the time at jobs where their skills will match their job objectives. I believe we do a good job in finding work for people that is right for them and making good on all of the bad comments out there about staffing firms. So if you need any help, let me know.

  5. Louisa:
    What kinds of people are you looking for? I may be able to help.
    All the best,

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