Researchers have confirmed that the heartfelt articulation of your values can have long-term effects on your personal success.
Keeping what’s important to you in the forefront of your mind on a regular basis turns out to be an effective way to ensure that you get to your goals on time and have fewer regrets.
It’s not always easy to define our values. Here’s a suggestion:
Values those speak to:
These are, in fact, my highest values: to be strong, artistic, flexible, to work hard, to be safe, to have a sense of humor, and to be happy. The only thing I would add is having close family and friends (which I am so very fortunate to have).
I can honestly admit to you that my college and graduate school years would have been exponentially enhanced if I had kept these values in mind on a daily or even a weekly basis.
I encourage you to try it now. List the people, the adjectives and nouns, and see what values those indicate for you. Remind yourself every day of what they are. It can’t hurt, and research has proven that it definitely can help.
For many years, as a dean at three Ivy League colleges and now as an AVP at a university with an extraordinary mission, I have had a front row seat to the obstacles to success that college students and their parents confront every year. Even at so-called elite, highly selective colleges such as Princeton, Harvard, and Columbia, where I spent some of my career, students struggle on a daily basis to remain healthy, happy, grounded, and to stay in school. I am dedicated to helping them.