Values, Roles and Goals and Living a Life of Intent

What are values?

“Your values are the things that you believe are important in the way you live and work. They (should) determine your priorities, and, deep down, they’re probably the measures you use to tell if your life is turning out the way you want it to.”

Taken from

What are roles?

“The position or purpose that someone or something has in a situation, organization, society, or relationship.”

Taken from the Cambridge Dictionary

It is the part played or the character one takes on in life.

Adapted from Online Etymology Dictionary

What are goals?

“An observable and measurable end result having one or more objectives to be achieved within a more or less fixed timeframe.”

Taken from:

Living a life of intention

Maybe you are experiencing unhappiness, internal conflict, stress or discontent with your life and you are wondering: “What am I doing wrong?”

We move through life at full speed without considering the destination, without taking time to reflect on and analyse our actions. It is time to slow down and take control of our lives. It is time to question.

What am I hoping to achieve? Am I living a life of intention and purpose? Am I the master of my ship? Am I writing my own stories? Is my life bringing me joy and inspiration? These are questions that have been on my mind lately, and maybe it is the same for you. Now is the time to create a purposeful, meaningful life.

Identify your values, roles and goals in life.

How to Identify your Values?

  1. Reflect on your past and identify the following situations:
    • The times you were happiest
    • The times you were the proudest
    • The times you felt most fulfilled and satisfied
  2. Determine your top ten values based on the above criteria
  3. Prioritise your top values by order of importance
  4. Re-affirm your values

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What are my roles in life?

Exam the different areas of your life: family, work, peer, spiritual, community, personal development, health and so forth, and define your responsibilities in each area. This will give you an understanding of the roles you play in your life.

Establish the importance of each role in your life and how much of a priority you want to place on them. Do you value one role more than another? Where do you want to focus most of your energy?

Goal Setting

Goals help us feel centred and purposeful. Without a clear vision of where we are going, life can feel off-balanced and aimless. It is important to have a target to aim at.

  • Set lifetime goals: use your personal values and roles identified earlier to guide you in this step.
    • For example, if you value financial security, then your career will have a major role in your life. Thus, establishing how far you want to reach in your career and the amount of money you want to make, might be a potential goal to set.
      • Do not forget that your goals need to be specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound.
  • Set smaller goals: create plans to help you achieve your lifetime goals. What steps do you need to take in the next seven years, three years, six months, today to get closer to your intended career level or financial security?
  • Reflect, analyse and adapt: you need to course-correct frequently, to ensure that you are staying on your intended path.

Remember that values, roles and goal are not static. They change over time, and with each season of life, yet they all build upon each other to help you live a purposeful life.

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Links to Sources

Personal Goal Setting; Planning to Live Your Life Your Way.

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