Figuring out your Why is certainly the most important piece of the puzzle but after that’s done you also need to translate that into the actions you take every day.
Your Values are the day to day translation of your Why.
They are more specific and prescriptive and therefore can more easily guide your decisions or plans.
So what does it look like to live a Values based life?
It might be choosing to spend your money on experiences rather than possessions.
That might mean buying a smaller house than society expects or not buying a house at all.
It might mean choosing minimalism by only owning the items you really need, allowing you to free up time and money that’s not spent on maintaing your ‘things’ but doing the things you love.
It might mean trading convenience for doing what is right by the planet.
Choosing to buy bulk foods and avoiding anything plastic, even if it’s more expensive and more time consuming to do so.
Taking the time to compost, recycle or plant your own food, or buying from your local farm rather than the supermarket.
It could be knocking back that promotion and pay rise so you have more time to spend with your family doing the things you love.
Saying no to more stress so you can live a slower, more meaningful life.
It might mean putting yourself first for a while so you can finish that novel, take that course or spend more time in nature.
There are many different ways you can live your life.
The important part is figuring out what works for you, your Values and your long term goals.
If you can translate this into the every day by living according to your Values, you are well on your way to living your dream life and being more happy that you ever dreamed possible.
And it all just starts with Why.