Spiritual Core Values are important to motivate you and give you that everlasting energy to improve and shine your spiritual inner core.
You need Spiritual Core Values to fuel and achieve valuable and meaningful Goals in your life. Last but not the least, how you can translate your Goals into personal Habits that will be easy to do on a daily basis.
That is what we are going to explore in this post, but first I really suggest that you read the post about Spiritual Core Values, otherwise this one will not be quite clear to you. Follow the link to read the post about Spiritual Core Values
So, what you learned about Spiritual Core Values is just one part of the story of your spiritual development. There is a bit more to it. Let me be your host for the journey.
Never Ending Spiritual Core Values
Yes, there is no end to expressing your Spiritual Core Values. For instance, you can travel East but you will never reach East, you just continue to travel East. The same way you can express your Spiritual Core Values of Kindness but you will never reach the Kindness, although you can get better at being Kind.
The more you express one of your Spiritual Core Values the more you become that value without ever reaching it completely.
Your soul mission is your reason for being, your life purpose. It’s your calling in life–who you feel called to be, what you feel called to do. Mission is an energy that flows through you–a drive, voice, or passion that you cannot ignore… It’s what you know in your heart you must live if you are to experience inner peace and harmony.
– Alan Seale
Setting Goals Connected to Spiritual Core Values
Goals are quite different from Spiritual Core Values. Goals, by default, are meant to be reached. The more time and effort you spend working on your Goals the closer you will be to reach them.
A goal is a desired result or possible outcome that a person… plans and commits to achieve… within a finite time by setting deadlines.
Imagine that your Goal is to improve your Self Esteem, and that might be connected with the Spiritual Core Value of Love. To put that into practice you might have one or several Goals to implement and achieve, like:
- Eat healthy food;
- Take care of your body by exercising;
- Set heathy boundaries (what to allow to take in and what sh*t not to take);
- Find ways to express yourself in positive and creative ways.
Never forget that you need to connect your Goals to your Spiritual Core Values in order to never lose steam
After this you have to decide When and for How Long.
Goals Have Time and Duration
To answer the question when you need a tool. That tool is called a Calendar. Imagine that you decide to go to the Gym three times a week. So, plot on a calendar that you use frequently the days and the time you are going. It could be Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, after work.
The other thing you need to plot on the Calendar is the Duration. Are you going to the Gym for 3 months, 6 months or a full year? You can also decide that the Duration will depend on reaching a certain weight. These are just examples.
The final step is just to ingrain these in your everyday Habits.
Habits Are Your Friends
Habits have wonderful characteristics, the good ones of course:
- You don’t think about them
- You don’t have to decide to do them, you are pulled to do them
- They keep you going even if motivation is not present
Habits are wonderful to make you reach long term Goals. You don’t believe me, let me give you an example. Imagine that you have the Goal of writing a book. You set the deadline in a year time, so you will have 365 days to write. You decide to write half a page per day which is around 250 words a day and will take you no more than 15 minutes a day. While you commute you can do this. By the end of the year you will have your book with 182 pages long. All this just spending 15 minutes a day. Fantastic no?
Instead of a book imagine that one of your Spiritual Core Values is Health and your Goal is to lower you anxious behavior by Meditating 15 minutes a day during a period of 3 months, and evaluate the results after that. You can do that while on the bus or train, or on a supermarket cue (one simple example of mindfulness meditation is just to be aware of your breathing)
Keep Track of Your Habits
As for Goals you need a Calendar, for Habits there are wonderful apps, one is called Habits for Android, and another one is called Momentum for iPhone. If you don’t like to use your phone to do that, try a small pocket notebook, and religiously note down the frequency of your habits, daily. Only by tracking what you do, the simplest way possible, can you track your progress and make adjustments.
If you don’t create habits you will have to rely on hardcore willpower (which is much more difficult).
Summary of Tools Needed
- Spiritual Core Values (do the exercise following the link Exercise
- Goals – Calendar (in your phone or a pocket one)
- Habits – Tracker (in your phone or a pocket one). Habit for Android and Momentum for iPhone, both FREE.
Ready to Values, Goals and Habits
The full picture can be summarized like this, first you find your Spiritual Core Values, then valuable Goals that will become Habits. As follows:
Spiritual Core Values -> Goals -> Habits
The chart bellow put all the pieces of the puzzle together:
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“May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears”
– Nelson Mandela
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