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Body Image Power: Understand What Drives You

By Pamela Brown

In the previous posts ( Part 1 and Part 2), you learned that how you think and feel about your body is dependent upon how you think and feel about yourself.

How you think and feel about yourself is dependent upon your personal attitudes towards yourself, how you value your gifts and talents, your passions and interests, and your values (things you feel are so important in life that you can't live without them).

Today, we will talk briefly about values. To this day, I am so happy I discovered what my core values are. Learning my core values gave me so much focus in my life, and it increased my level of self-acceptance so much more because I realized how much they play a part in my life. These values have brought me so much happiness and joy, and I am always finding ways to honor these values even more.

How to Discover Your Core Values

My core values are learning, achievement, and uniqueness. It makes sense because I can't go a day without learning something new. I practically want to die if I don't pick up a book or article by the end of the day and learn at least one thing.

My walls, table, and dresser are full of awards- plaques, medallions, ertificates, and trophies- that are reminders of success in my life.

And ever since I could remember, I've always wanted to be a business owner and do things my way. I've always wanted to do things a different way from others and showcase my unique talents. I've always craved recognition, especially on the job, which never came. So here I am, starting my own business.

One thing about your core values- those values that are deep-seated- will always be with you. They will never change.

If you want to discover what drives you and what brings happiness and meaning to your life, then consider the following:

1. Think back and remember the times you were happiest. What were you doing? Who were you around?

2. Remember the times you were most fulfilled and satisfied. What were you doing or experiencing? What need was being fulfilled? Why did these experiences give you meaning?

3. After considering these questions, determine your top values. Use this link to access a list of values.

4. Make a list of 10, then prioritize to your top 3. These are the values, if you find ways to honor them in your life, can bring happiness, meaning, and self-acceptance.

What are your core values? Feel free to leave a comment in the box below!

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