Resources come in many forms - time, energy, tools, money. Can you remember exchanges where your input felt unequal to your output? Perhaps you worked at a job for less than your normal pay rate, you spent time and energy on a project that felt under-appreciated, or you felt your offerings were not fully received.
Value is subjective. We create our personal standards of worth by defining our values. Some people value things, others money, time, attention, nature, or humanity. Similar to speaking different Love Languages, we speak different value languages.
TIPS + TOOLS
Here are tips and tools for navigating within issues related to value.
Understand your values around worth. This will help you define your terms and thresholds.
Receive input equal to your output. This requires clarity on your values and the practice of discernment - where you focus your time and energy, with whom you work.
Recognize that value is non-linear. An example would be participating in something that you know is right even though it pays less than your rate. After accepting the opportunity, you see how input comes in other ways - new connections, more opportunities, meeting the right person.
Use your intuition to make decisions. Navigate via your intuitive and wisdom bodies. Act on this wisdom.
Start each situation fresh. Don’t bring reactions to a prior occurrence into a current exchange. Example: you felt ripped off before so now you charge more than you know you should.
Work with people of similar values. Value is subjective and therefore no two people have the exact same value system. Work and connect with people of similar values so your needs are met.
Communicate. Make sure both parties fully communicate their expectations and terms.
Practice flexibility. Just like flexibility in the body, we have a range of motion. However, there is a certain threshold at where you stop because if you go beyond this point, you may overstretch your muscles. Hear someone else’s view, be open and flexible to their needs. Find a common ground and agreement.
Know and uphold your non-negotiables. Decline terms that do not work for you. Practice clear communication.
Innovate. Be open to redefining and updating your values around worth as you evolve. Extreme rigidity stunts growth and evolution.
Account for karma. The universe always balances. If you haggle for a discount today, you’ll pay for it later. Know that credit is borrowing from your future. Somewhere in this lifetime or next ones, forces will balance.
Value your goods appropriately. If you offer products or services, use your wisdom to set prices and terms that are equal to your offering. Avoid discounting unless the prompting is coming from your wisdom body. Setting proper terms around value is practicing truth.
See the two way street. You, your needs. The other party, their needs.
Healing and guidance. Imbalance and injustice are themes that run deep from the beginning of humanity. Outdated programs still operate. Lots needs to be healed. Don’t hesitate to reach out to someone for healing or guidance in these areas if you feel lost navigating alone.
As we undergo changes in systems and infrastructure around business, career, currency, and technology, new roads are being paved. Old structure is updated or released while new paradigms are tested and refined. As participants in the process, knowing our roles and understanding our values around worth are of key importance for our visions, work, and future.