My Values. *Mind Blown*

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Blog - *looks at the title of the post* 'We've just tidied up! If you're going to blow your mind I'd rather you did it somewhere else!' *winks*
Carol - *laughs* 'I've been working through my DPD planner and I've had a bit of a revelation! There is a section in the planner all about values. You know, about what's really important to you in life. I had a good long think about what mine were, wrote them down and then spent some time unpicking what they actually meant to me.'
Blog - 'Why are you looking at values? I thought this was a business planner?'
Carol - 'It is! Here, I'll read you what it says "Identifying and owning your values is very powerful and can help you to identify who you are as a human, as a creative and business owner". The idea is that when you run your business according to your values you create a better business. You are more focused, you have a clearer vision of what you want to do and where you want to go AND you stand out from the crowd because you are more you'
Blog - 'Actually, that makes a lot of sense'
Carol - 'It does. And it's something I had given no thought to at all.'
Blog - 'So what did you come up with?'
Carol - 'There is more to these but I've paired them down a bit. So, Honesty and Integrity. I want to be true to me. I can't be all things to all people. If it is not in line with where I want my business to go then I have to say no.'
Blog - 'You do have a tendency to say yes to things cause you don't like letting people down'
Carol - 'I know. And by doing that I'm not being true to me or my business. I muddy the waters and then people approach me to do more of 'X' when I actually want to be known for doing 'Y'!'
Blog - 'You have chosen well young grasshopper!'
Carol - *laughs* 'You really do love watching that 1970s TV show "Kung Fu" don't you?'
Blog - *nods*
Carol - 'My second value is
Creativity. I want to create the way I do...not the way anyone, including me, thinks I should. Who cares if someone thinks that their 5 year old could do a better job of one of my illustrations or paintings? My work is not for everyone and that's ok. Embrace that and be more Marmite!
Blog - 'Be more Marmite. I like that!'
Carol - *beams* 'Have Courage. Feel the fear and do it anyway! People are important. Far more important than things so treat them well...always! Myself included! Be honest, fair, kind and firm. Keep Learning. Learn, learn, learn and then learn some more! Push out of the comfort zone cause I will never know what I am capable of until I do. Failure is ok. I can learn a lot from a failure so have I really failed?' *looks at Blog*
Blog - 'Ooooh. That last one!'
Carol - 'I know!! THAT was the thing that really blew my mind. If I fail and I learn lots from it then how can I call that a failure?'
Blog - 'If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?'
Carol - *looks at Blog*
Blog - 'What? I'm being all philosophical!'
Carol - *shakes head in a despairing manner*


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