Coming back to my values – was I the person I wanted to be today?

Almost daily I write a reply on an index card to the following question:

“Who do I want to be today?”

I’ve been doing this consistently since February 2021, and it was only today I realised that I was only doing half the exercise!

The part that’s missing is to, at the end of the day, look back over it and see how closely my actions and behaviours corresponded with who I wanted to be today.

I share this with you for a few reasons:

  1. It’s a very simple exercise
  2. It has helped me to do better work (and it may help you)
  3. On bad days, it has helped me come back to my values

…and right now, I’m looking back through three months of entries and it’s clear to me a) who I *really* want to be, and b) what I struggle with on a daily basis.

Here’s a snippet of what keeps turning up for me:

  • Smile
  • Be kind
  • Listen and be genuinely interested in others
  • Pay attention
  • It’s not about you
  • Lean into your strengths
  • Believe in the value you bring
  • Be the best teacher/coach you can be
  • Ask great questions
  • Don’t take things personally
  • Don’t let fear control you
  • Don’t make assumptions
  • Just be yourself
  • You don’t need to prove yourself to anyone
  • See the potential in others
  • Assume that people are good and trying their best
  • Elevate and celebrate others

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