Finding your core values

Finding your core values

      Sometimes we find ourselves at a crossroad, a place where we need to stop and evaluate if the direction we are headed in is still the right one. Now Covid is supposedly ‘beaten’ and the world is opening up, you may feel quite lost or seek a new beginning. This is quite normal and a chance in disguise to change things for the better. 

So if you do anything this month, go over your core values – are they still what you set them out to be? 

Or if you have never done this exercise, now is a great time to start. 

 When you subscribe to the LTMW newsletter you automatically receive the LWTM Goal Planner as part of our complimentary welcome package.

I have often written about the value I see in goal setting, especially at the time of the New Moon. But today I want to delve a bit deeper into the first section of the goal planning stage. I want to talk about your core values. 

Why do core values matter?

The answer is simple. Your core values should underpin your life. So it is absolutely vital that you take a good look at what your core values are before you start making plans.

Bluntly speaking, there is hardly any point in putting a goal list together if your goals are not aligned with your core values.  Many people work their socks off, only to realize way down the line, that all the hard work and money they earned along the way do not give them happiness and a sense of fulfillment.

 

Money may be exciting in the short term, but when you look at the really rich, most of them don’t just work for money. Instead, their life has a bigger goal or higher aim attached. It could be to leave a legacy, start a charity or create a product that changes the world. Whatever it is, true happiness comes from the hard work being aligned with your core values.

That is the reason why you need to think really hard before you set out on your life journey. If you are not sure right now what your core values are or you may never have thought about this topic then I urge you to clear a few days of your busy schedule and have a really good ‘think’.

It is much better to wait a bit longer and put more emphasis on the ‘figuring it all out ‘ process until you are crystal clear about what you actually want to achieve. Rather than going blindly in one direction and then turning around half-way through the journey or even worse, arriving at your goal and finding out that all that hard work has failed to make you happy and fulfilled.

I recently heard a talk from Dr. Demartini where he identifies 7 core value groups.

  • Physical – the way you look, health, diet
  • Financial – your investments, earnings, pension
  • Spiritual – could be a philosophy, religion, or another belief system
  • Vocational – is your calling, career, or volunteer work
  • Family – your parents, siblings and children, and other family members including pets
  • Mental – the area of self-development, courses, schooling
  • Social – your friends, acquaintances, and social media

When putting a goal list together, you should try to think about all these values and include at least one of each category.

Values change over time

Teenagers and people in their early twenties usually value their social engagement with others. What your peer group or people on social media say ranks much higher than what their parents tell them. Vocation will also feature highly, think of job training, university, starting a career.

In early adulthood (20ies and30ies),  the physical side is very prominent. In this age group looking good, keeping slim, and attracting a partner particularly matters.

At the end of the 20ies and throughout the 30ies many people start a family and this will become the priority.

When the children get older or leave home, mental values and self-development become more important. This is especially true for women who often sacrificed a career for bringing up their children. Now is the time when they think about another life phase that enables them to re-enter the labor market, starting a business or gear up for a career change.

People in their 50ies and 60ies are finding financial values attractive. Retirement is coming closer and saving for a pension and financial security after the working years will play on their mind. How would they cope if they suddenly got ill or lost their job?

Finally, as people grow old the philosophical/spiritual side becomes more prominent and there is often a strong bond with the family, especially if there are grandchildren.

This, of course, is all a very generalized view. I am not saying that only one area dominates a certain time in your life,  but it illustrates that core values change over time and that needs to be reflected in your life goal planner. That is why you should every year have a look that your core values are still aligned with what you set out a few years ago and if not change and adapt it.

So don’t hesitate and download the LWTM Goal Planner and have a look at where your journey takes you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Holistic Life

The Holistic Life

Holistic Lifestyle      I started LIVING  WITH   THE  MOON a few years ago with my basic Biodynamic calendar charts and a handful of tips. books and recipes from my grandmother.

This lifestyle system – what I now call  LIVING WITH THE MOON – has always been in my life. It is my little ‘magic carpet’. Invisible, but it gives me grounding and purpose and has been my foundation for as long as I can remember. 

In essence, Living With The Moon is based on my grandmother’s biodynamic lifestyle tips and recipes mixed with my own research. But more recently I added another dimension to it – Holistic Life Planning

The first person who coined the holistic approach was Aristotle. This Ancient Greek philosopher (born in 385 B.C.) wrote
The whole is greater than the sum of its parts’. A simple sentence with a complex sentiment and totally symbiotic with the Biodynamic view of the world. The idea that all living beings are interconnected and part of a large macro-organism and is nothing new. It is even more incomprehensible that we are so hell-bent on damaging/compromising nature and its ecosystems.  As the inevitable consequence is that by hurting the system as a whole we will hurt ourselves, too. It is basically self-harm.

It is hard for one individual to change the world. But there is one area you can have a total, direct influence on – and this is YOU. Now imagine everybody would strive and be ‘the best version of themselves’ – can you see what a big impact that would have?

When you are healthy, happy and in balance, you radiate. Bizarrely this is most often ‘a mental state of mind’ and can – with a bit of exercise – achieved by anyone who is willing to work on themselves. Regardless of income, sex, or where they live.

Some people seem to have ‘everything’ – seen from the outside, but inside they are far from happy, balanced, and of course, don’t radiate.

The LWTM Holistic Lifestyle concept’s aim is to help you dig deep and rekindle this ‘spark’.

Once you know who you really are, then you can add activities from various sections.  For example Health and Beauty, Home and Garden, Relationships, and other topics. On the calendar, we keep these topics separated – as it is easier to look up more specific information, tips, and recipes.   But of course, all of these areas  form part of the overall LWTM Holistic Lifestyle and you can find out more when you download our FREEBIES 

The essence of a great lifestyle design is the way we arrange these areas and how we balance them.

When I was little, I was told  ‘You can have everything, but not all at the same time’. As a child, you don’t pay much attention to sayings like this. Only once I grew older (and hopefully wiser) did I realize how true this statement is. Even though I am still grappling with the 100% perfect formula for my own personal life. But at least I consider myself lucky to have been given a head start from a very young age when I was introduced to the Biodynamic philosophy and lifestyle.

The holistic lifegoal planner – will help you find an answer to the question – what is my life all about. We all have vague ideas of what we want to do. But once you drill down – what really does matters – many people find it difficult to reach a definite answer.

But I think this old system’s most under-rated strength is its usefulness when it comes to balancing the areas of your life. Once you are familiar with its formula and you personalize it to your own individual circumstances, this system will throw out dates, symbols, and suggestions of what to do on each day and how to structure and plan your life ahead!

If you are all new to this site and concept and are interested in how all this applies to you, please start by downloading our free introduction package LWTM freebies download link 

This of course does not mean that you have to blindly follow these suggestions.  But if you use the tools correctly,  all areas of your life will pull together in the same direction.  Over time a wholesome, well-balanced picture will emerge. This is a great life strategy and will give you tools to fine-tune and evaluate your life month-by-month and year-by-year.

Applied consistently and over time it will give you great results.

Here is the link again to welcome you to our small and friendly community.

 An Introduction to LWTM

Please click this link to find out more about LWTM and holistic lifestyle planning and  download our freebies 

 

A goal planner that works for you

A goal planner that works for you

Goal planning that works for you and brings results

January is usually the prime time when most of us swing into action and come up with New Year resolutions. But too often this ‘list of good intentions’ is put into a drawer by February and largely forgotten by March. Does this sound familiar?

Yet goal planning is essential! Talk to any successful entrepreneur, business leader or high achiever and I guarantee that they all follow some sort of life planner or goal list. Why is this so crucial?

Picture yourself driving a car or walking down the road. When you set off on your journey you would have taken a map out, asked for instructions or had an idea of where you were going. Otherwise, you drive/walk around aimlessly without ever reaching a destination. And life is not much different.

If YOU are not in charge of where you are going, OTHERS will highjack you to achieve their own goals and objections. This is always done with malicious intent, but if you are just ‘bumbling along’ others will need to take the initiative and it is usually to your detriment and their gain.

This does not mean you can never align your destination with others, quite the opposite. Sharing your journey with like-minded individuals is a good thing – as long as your intentions and interests align with them (at least in most parts and you can reach a successful compromise for the rest).  Then the outcome will be a happy relationship, work partnership or friendship.

So how do you go about successful goal planning?

The answer is by breaking big intentions down into small achievable steps. Then goal setting is fun and easy. The moon cycle with its monthly routine is a perfect time scale for achieving small goals. When you follow our system, we will  prompt you how and when to check your goal list, so you won’t ever forget

Trust me you will achieve your goals as long as you 

  • Create and follow your goals with  persistence
  • Break your goals down into thought-through, achievable steps 
  • Build in a ‘safety net’ that catches you when you drift away from what matters
  • Evaluate your goals on a regular basis 

I feel that goal planning is so essential for your life that I have added our e-book How to create a successful life with the LWTM Goal Planner as part of our Free Membership Welcome Package.

But you can also download it by clicking on the title above

I wish you success and Happy Goal Planning!