Have you ever felt out of balance or like something is missing?  Perhaps you’re frustrated, exhausted, or ashamed of the way things are going.

Often, this arises when we are living out of alignment with our core values — the things that mean the most to us.

Our values form our self-perception.  One of our core human needs is to live congruently with how we perceive ourselves — in fact, one of the fundamental jobs of the subconscious is to make sure we’re doing exactly that!

In this blog post I’ll share an activity tool to help you find this congruence by identifying levels of thinking.  It’s called the Self-Think 360, based on a model that was developed by Robert Dilts. I recommend doing this activity either in your head or by drawing it on a piece of paper.

  1. Clear a space in the centre of a room.
  2. Write these words on individual pieces of paper: purpose, identity, values, capabilities, behaviours, and environment.
  3. Arrange these pieces of paper on the floor moving out from the centre of the space where the word “purpose” should be at the core.
  4. Reflect on the following questions:
    1. What is your purpose? Why are you here? What is your life purpose?
    2. Move through each of the words you’ve placed in the space asking the following questions for each word:
      1. Identity: Who are you?
      2. Values: What is important to you about the way you teach? What are your values? What are your beliefs?
      3. Capabilities: What capabilities and skills do you need to have/develop in order to achieve alignment with your purpose, identity and values and beliefs? Are there any development gaps you need to address?
      4. Behaviors: Thinking about values and beliefs, identity and purpose, what behaviors should your learner see you doing consistently? Are there any behaviors that do not help you or which do not serve your purpose?
      5. Environment: What do you experience in your environment and is it in alignment with your purpose?
      6. Recognize any of these levels of thinking that aren’t in exact alignment with your core purpose.

With this information you’ll be able to align what you do with who you are in one simple exercise!

What tips can you share that you’ve used in aligning what you do with who you are?

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Roger Terry

Director of Training and Coaching at Evolution Training Ltd
Roger Terry is one of the world’s leading experts on applying NLP to drive excellence both professionally and personally. Roger leads seminars and consults with companies all over the world, including in the UK, USA, Europe and Middle East. He is the author of several books, including The Hidden Art of Interviewing, NLP and Qualitative Research, NLP for Teachers and The NLP Toolkit.

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