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#3 CORE VALUES and SELF- perspective  -The ELEMENTS #3

Learning Objective 

To attribute my identified core values to my "self - perspective"

SuCcess Criteria

SC# 1

I have interpreted my Core Values in order to link it to my self-perspective.

SC #2

I have flow-charted my core values and their conflicts

SC #3

I have illustrated my core values through a therapeutic drawing

Engage

In your minds eye, imagine a majestic tree. It's leaves and branches reaching up into the sky, and a strong foundation of a trunk supporting it's greatness. Slipping into the earth, you can see the start of a complex root system that goes deep into the ground, finding nourishment to continue to feed the greatness that stands in front of you. 

In a storm this tree may bend and shake, it may quiver and lose a few leaves, it may even be struck by lightening and have a fracture, but if the roots are embedded enough it will continue to growth, it will heal and it will adapt.

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Activity: A Might Oak

The story of the tree is an analogy.

  1. Can you think about how core values and strengths can be represented in the tree?

  2. What does the storm represent?

  3. What happens if the trees roots weren't so deeply rooted?

  4. What do you think might happen to the tree if it's splintered by lightening, or chopped down, but it still has a resource of nutrients below it? What might this represent in life for a person?

Reflection: After you've completed the activity, refer to this saying, what do you think it means?

'The acorn doesn't fall far from the tree.'

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The JIGSAW of your values

Your “Personal Values” determine what is important to you in different situations of your life. The way they develop depends on your subjective worldview and are inextricably linked to your emotions. Personal values differ in their relative importance to each other and can serve as guiding principles for the actions you decide to take. On the other hand, “Core Values” are your most important personal values.

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The Core Values are not the be all and end all. They are a guide. It is important once you have done the assessment to review these values and understand what they mean, how they play out in your lens' and how you can use them to your advantage and motivation. 

This also requires you to filter your results and decide if you'd like to reorganise your results and continually strive towards something you believe you value more, or if you're happy with the results you have. To do this, we need to assess your day-to-day interactions with your self-perspective lens first. How do you see yourself, and how do you want to see yourself? Once we have this down, then we can start to see these values in your community perspective lens.

Take time to answer the questions below:

ACTIVITY - Dissecting your Core

We are now going to interpret your core values profile on specifically looking at page 4 and 5.

  1. Identify what are your top 5 core values? Question, if this sits right with you.

  2. What are the definitions of your top 5 core values?

  3. Evaluate what your top non-negotiable values are?

  4. Where can you see your core values in your  day-to-day choices and motivations?

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Self Perspective Conflicts of My Core Values

Lewis-smith et.al (2020) shared that values are often assumed to influence the development and expression of attitudes, beliefs, behaviour and wellbeing. As values  have such a wide influence on an individual, research on values has been conducted across a range of disciplines including sociology, psychology and anthropology. 

Schwartz (1994) proposed that individuals’ values are derived from three fundamental needs: biological, social and group survival. Which could infer that the social and groups surrounding us have a large influence on our values and behaviours. But what happens, when what is expected of us creates internal, or external conflict? 

Have you ever found it hard to follow through with what is expected of you? Sometimes this can be laziness, like not wanting to do chores, or homework, but sometimes it can be a conflict of our core values?

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Activity: Let's uncover the conflicts

We are going to see where your core values are challenged or come into conflict. This can be a difficult task so be mindful to be communicative in this exercise with your mentor. This will be lead by you and faciliated by your mentor.

You'll start by reviewing the conflicting values in your chart on page 4.

  1. What is an activity that you will never do?

  2. See how this activity challenges your core values?

  3. Now, identify your 'worlds' and see where your core values come into play in each of these worlds for your self-perspective?

  4. How do these get challenged in your worlds?

  5. Looking at your lowest priority value, discuss why you think this is?

  6. Now, set up a flow chart, showing how you respond when your core values are challenged. Can you adjust this flow chart to ensure you respond positively moving forward and openly, understanding the values of the other person(s)?

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Illustrating my VAlues

Your “Personal Values” determine what is important to you in different situations of your life. The way they develop depends on your subjective worldview and are inextricably linked to your emotions. Personal values differ in their relative importance to each other and can serve as guiding principles for the actions you decide to take. On the other hand, “Core Values” are your most important personal values.

To the left is a tree that was painted using cotton buds and a small make-up sponge. When I heard I was going to paint a tree,  I was resentful and didn't see any benefit of this exercise. However, I never realised how fondly I would reflect on this exercise.  This is your experiment for the week. Using whatever utensils you have at your disposal (pen, pencil, crayon, paint, cotton bods/paint brush/skewers/sponges and some form of blank paper) you are going to illustrate a tree and see where you want to place your values along the tree roots.

This is the start of a therapeutic process to discover/re discover your core values.

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Activity: Start your experiment

Take this time now to get your utensils together and your paper and draw the outline of your tree. Think about how this tree can represent you and show how you've grown, where you get your cor values from and how they nourish your strengths that represent the branches and leaves. For the remainder of this session you are encouraged to draw this before you go back to your routine. Take your time, indulge in the drawing and take pride in drawing your growth. Feel free to share your image with your mentor for documentation.

DId We achieve our SC?

SC# 1?

I have interpreted my Core Values in order to link it to my self-perspective.

SC #2 ?

I have mind-mapped my core values in relation to my 'community perspective'

SC #3?

I have reviewed my goals in relation to my core values and community perspective 

Experiment

See how your core values are challenged throughout the week. Take note of your reactions and be mindful to see how you can make them more positive?

Experiment

Notice how you want to present yourself before you leave for school/the day. Can you see your values present in the way you dress and care for yourself?

TASK

Complete your tree and share with your mentor

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