Understanding the mission is critical in the military. In Whole Health, you’re asked to consider your “Mission, Aspiration, or Purpose” when setting health goals. What you want your health for helps to guide the choices you and your healthcare team make. We call this exploring your values.
Have you ever considered how missions are developed? The best ones are based on core values, such as the Soldier’s Creed or Semper Fidelis, that serve as the foundation for what you want to accomplish and how you want to live your life.
While most people never define their own mission, they also never think about their personal core values. Reviewing a list of values and choosing the ones that mean the most to you, then thinking about them and writing down why they’re important, is a powerful motivator for pursuing your mission. This values worksheet includes a long list of common personal values as well as exercises to help you decide which values are most meaningful to you, help you think about how to put them into practice, and them help you recognize what might be holding you back from living by those values.
As we come to the end of one year and the beginning of the next, it’s a perfect time to think about what matters most to you, and why. This will help you choose how to live based on your core values.
Can you take an hour today to plan for the next year? You can start by reflecting on your values while following this 40-minute Guided Awareness Meditation produced by the War Related Illness and Injury Center (WRIISC) and led by Louise Mahoney: