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My life changed when I started living according to my core values. When I started living full of care. 

What do I want to do? Who do I want to be? What great things do I want to accomplish? I asked myself these questions over and over. Can you relate?

 

I had goals, I had a vision, I had experience. But in place of clarity was confusion. I didn’t have a guiding set of values that helped shape and direct every decision I made. Until my success coach gave me an assignment.

Take a hike and think about the future.

A few days later, I strapped on my hydration pack and headed for the foothills. No technology. No distractions. As instructed, it was just me, surrounded by Idaho’s mountainous landscape.

For the first two miles, my thoughts were everywhere. I found myself ruminating about the past, contemplating the things I had left undone at home and prioritizing all the to-dos waiting for me at the office. I battled to let everything go so that I could anticipate the future.

What do I want to do? Who do I want to be? What great things do I want to accomplish? There those pesky questions were again.

It wasn’t until I was three or four miles into the hike that my state of mind began to shift. I found myself fully present in the moment—contemplating my future. Yet every thought was met by a great big wall of self-doubt. I felt unworthy of my heart’s desires.

I want to empower women to step up and lead. You’ve made too many mistakes to be taken seriously.

I’d love to write a book. Wow, with what credentials? It’s not like you’re Brené Brown.

I’d really like to encourage other women to be courageous. What about all the times you’ve failed at being brave?

Four miles in, I burst into tears. Why was this so hard? Why was I scared? Why didn’t I believe in myself? Did I even know what I believed in?

It was at that very moment I knew what I had to do. Before I could define what my life would look like in the future, I first needed to define what was truly important, the principles by which I wanted to live. And that is exactly what I did for the remaining seven miles.

When I got home that evening, I quickly jotted down my ahas from the day. I was mentally recharged. Awakened.

I was also emotionally exhausted. I slept for 14 hours that night. When I woke the next morning, I laid in bed staring at the ceiling for hours. As I reflected on the previous day’s hike, a smile forced itself across my face.

I didn’t have clarity about the future. I had something better: I could clearly articulate my convictions, the principles that would serve as the foundation of my future.

Looking back on all the times I’ve wrestled with what to do, I now see why I struggled. It was because I didn’t have clarity around my values. Keeping my convictions at the forefront of all decisions makes it so much easier to do what is right and choose the path that is representative of who I am inside. When I am angry, torn or upset, it is often because the circumstance I am facing conflicts with my own personal code of conduct.

I am a better leader, mother, wife, daughter and friend today, a driving force wrapped in care and full of care.

What does it mean to be full of care?

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I want you to be a part of the full of care movement, but I also want you to adopt your own set of core values. I’ve created this guide to walk you through the process of getting there.  Drop in your email and get it in your inbox right away. I can’t wait to hear what your journey ends up looking like.

Will you join me in leading a life based around core values?

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