Six months ago, I spent most of New Years Eve revisiting our 19 Values of Aloha: Going Forward into 2013, with Aloha.
Now six months hence, it has become the single post I personally refer back to most often here at MWA Central, no other comes close. It listed my hunches for the year, and so it contains delicious affirmation for me when I see I was right to trust in my intuition.
I never turned that post into a plan, yet it did seep into my subconscious very effectively, causing me to follow up with several decisions in the months to come. Journaling can do that for you — it can turn into self-coaching on its own accord, because it represents your spirit spilling [NĀNĀ I KE KUMU]. In writing something down, you give your deepest self permission to go for it, and make it happen, willing it into being.
It’s that analog magic, ‘by means of hands’ — yours.
— Carry, and Use, Pen and Paper
Equally important, and just as good for me, rereading the post will tell me when I was wrong. It will point out how I’ve dropped the ball on something, or how something better happened instead. Life can be wonderfully kind; life brings gifts.
Sometimes, when rereading it, I narrow my eyes to scrunch through it — I ignore the paragraphs and just skim through the headings, thinking about each one in testing myself and measuring my own growth… would I write the same paragraph now for that heading, or write something completely different? It’s a game for me, and a game SO worth playing, because it’s a game of value alignment either realized, or still to be worked on in future immersion:
The Sub-heading Scrunch:
1. Aloha ~ In Grace and Kindness
2. Ho‘ohana ~ The Worthwhile Work of our Choosing
3. ‘Imi ola ~ Seeking New Life
4. Ho‘omau ~ Cause the Good to Last
5. Kūlia i ka nu‘u ~ Name your Peaks, and Camp for a while
6. Ho‘okipa ~ Decide to Serve
7. ‘Ohana ~ Rally your tribe
8. Lōkahi ~ In Harmony and Unity
9. Kākou ~ Speak with Aloha, and Receive with Aloha
10. Kuleana ~ Engage with the Bounty
11. ‘Ike loa ~ Student, be Ready
12. Ha‘aha‘a ~ Student, be Humble
13. Ho‘ohanohano ~ Demeanor is your Open Door
14. Alaka‘i ~ Answer your Calling
15. Mālama ~ Serve to Honor
16. Mahalo ~ Invest in Elemental Living
17. Nānā i ke kumu ~ At Source is one’s Place, and one’s Health
18. Pono ~ Get Real! Visceral is good.
19. Ka lā hiki ola ~ Back to the Beginning is Opportunity
Goals Change. Values are Forever.
I copied that… catchy and thought-provoking, don’t you think? It was the title of a post written by Matt Cheuvront: Goals Change. Values are Forever. Take a moment to read what he shares there.
Own this: Your Values are your Forever.
At the end of my own post, Going Forward into 2013, with Aloha, I had encouraged you to “Own this: Get Personal” and I suggested a 4-step process for doing so.
If you didn’t do it back then, please consider doing it now: You can gain 6 months of delicious affirmation for yourself, based on your values, whatever they are. For values are “Elemental, visceral, and all good.”
I share the link to Matt’s post this time too, because he gives good examples in seeing the difference between goals and values. The values you choose may be completely different from mine, and different from how we phrase them here. That’s perfectly okay because they are right for you: You cannot lay claim to values you are not willing to kūpono with (stand up for, feeling PONO).
Let your values affect you in the next 6 months to come. Feel their good. Feel your good.
On the title of this post:
…and within our Managing with Aloha Lexicon:
4. VALUE IMMERSION
IMMERSION means to go ‘all in.’ When you choose a value for your workplace culture, you align it completely — in everything you do. When confronting change, you realign and audit your value integrity in every strategic juncture.
5. VALUE STEERING
Refers to projects, pilot programs, and experimental initiatives. A value or pairing of values will be chosen to steer a project as primary value/conviction criteria: It is a value which encapsulates the over-riding WHY a project is taken on to begin with.
See 1. 2. and 3. on VALUE-ALIGNMENT, VALUE-MAPPING, and VALUE-VERBING here: Reckoning with Role [to Value it.]