Create Your Holiday, Your Way
What are You Celebrating this Season?

Clarifying Your Values can Help You Decide

The holidays are here again. Many times we go through the holiday season making lots of small decisions but don’t stop or take the time to ask the bigger question……

Just What am I celebrating?

When we don’t answer this question we rely on habits, convenience, pressure, shoulds, needs and wants of others.

Without knowing it, you are dealing with competing values.

When you take the time to identify your values and make choices among them, you eliminate stress, overwhelm and disappointments. You can then plan a holiday that is in harmony with your deepest beliefs, that will be more meaningful and enjoyable for you and your family.

Values, What are they?

Values are deeply held beliefs that drive your decision-making

Values are principles that you discover by looking inside yourself and your life…not by looking outside of yourself. Values are not needs, wants, shoulds or wishes they are a must for you to be yourself.

You can’t fake values and you can’t find them outside of yourself. You must be willing to look inside and be honest with yourself about what really matters most to you. There are no right or wrong values, they just need to be appropriate and authentic to you.

Why is it Important to Clarify Your Values?

When you clarify and know your values it’s easier to make important decisions, avoid distractions and eliminate unrealistic expectations.

For the Holiday Season, knowing your values allows you to determine what parts of the season and celebrations are most deserving of your efforts.

How do I clarify my values for this holiday season?

1. Begin by completing the statement:

This holiday is a time to.......

Here are some examples:

  • create peace with my family and the world
  • spend with my immediate family
  • celebrate the meaning of the season
  • create a festive beautiful home
  • exchange gifts with my family and friends
  • help those who are less fortunate
  • relax and renew

2. Look for competing values - ie. you have a higher value on one thing, but spend most of your time on something of lesser value.

3. Select your most important value for this holiday season. Create a visual reminder or display for this value and place it where you can see it each day for the holiday season.

Estelle Gibson is a CPA, TED Speaker, International Best Selling Author and Holistic Financial Coach. With over 40 years of professional experience in finance, purchasing and management she’s worked with individuals and companies, from small privately owned businesses to Fortune 500 corporations, in diverse industries.

With almost 20 years as a Holistic Financial Coach, she’s helled women, couples and entrepreneurs that are ready for a new experience with money after a life changing experience (divorce, marriage, career change, retirement, empty nest) rebuild their lives financially and emotionally. She’s committed to empowering her clients and students to have financial freedom, so they have the power to choose to live their dreams, and use their gifts and talents to make a difference in the world.