This article follows on from part 1 (how to elicit your values) and part 2 (how to discover your values hierarchy). What follows is an edited extract from my book, Achieve Your Goals (Dorling Kindersley 2006).
- Take the lowest value on your prioritised list and check it against the one above it. Can you have both? If you feel that these two values cannot coexist, make a note of the clash. Continue to check the lowest value against each other value, all the way up the list.
- Then take the next lowest value, and check it against each value above it in turn.
- Continue with the next lowest value until you have checked each one against all the values above it.
In this case the person feels that there is at least a potential clash between enjoyment and money. This could just be a reminder that the person needs to consider carefully how both values can be fulfilled, or it could indicate a head-on clash between the two values which needs to be resolved.
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Next up: How to resolve values clashes
How to check whether your motivation is ‘Towards’ or ‘Away-from’, and why it matters