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Why Our Highest Values Matter

"Our greatest difficulties, obstacles, responsibilities, and challenges are the voids from which we can forge our highest values." —James McPartland

Access Point: A Leader Builds People| Blog post by James McPartland | Speaker, Author, Executive Coach

It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re busy, but sometimes years can go by and suddenly we are on a completely different path than where we thought we would end up.

Sometimes this is a good thing, but often this leads to feelings of regret, disappointment, anger, and even depression. We might not have ended up where we wanted, and it can often seem impossible to get back on track.

How did I get here?

How do I turn around to get the life I wanted?

Now we can’t turn back time, but fortunately, we can move forward with better awareness of how we manage our time and spend more time on the things that matter to us by uncovering our highest values.

When we aren’t clear on our core values, we go through life making decisions based on circumstances, social pressures, and the need to please those around us. However, when we live life with the guidance of our highest values, then we feel more fulfilled and know we are exactly where we need to be.

So how do you figure out your highest values?

Here are some questions to help guide you:

  • What are you passionate about and love to do?

  • What activities motivate you? (Putting time into our core values makes us feel energized.)

  • What brings your stress? (Where conflict or arguments reside, it means we feel one of our core values is being attacked or encroached on.)

When we begin to understand our core values, we can see how they deeply shape our character and our outcomes. We can live with more clarity, purpose, direction, and maximized time.


James McPartland | Keynote Speaker, Author, Executive Coach