To lead a satisfying and balanced life it is important that your values are in synchrony with the way you lead your life and run your business. Invest the time in exploring your values; they are the major unconscious influences in the decisions you make throughout your life. Many conflicts in one's life, both professional and personal, arise because there is a clash of values either within oneself or among others.
The following exercise helps clarify your core values. Take your time and do not rush through it. Ask yourself the following questions and write your responses. When you finish this exercise, we recommend you discuss it with a friend or colleague. Engaging in a dialogue with others is another way to more fully explore your own values.
Excerpted from the forthcoming book, The Ethics of Touch, by Ben E. Benjamin, Ph.D. and Cherie Sohnen-Moe