The Valued Living Questionnaire by Kelly Wilson – Identifying SMART Goals in line with our Values and taking Committed Action for a More Meaningful Life. A personal account.

 The Valued Living Questionnaire by Kelly Wilson is a useful tool for assessing and improving the different areas of your life in line with what is most important to you.

The Valued Living Questionnaire is a useful tool for assessing and improving the different areas of your life in line with what is most important to you.  Taking committed action in line with our values can give us an increased sense of wellbeing and achievement and improve our coping ability, should we encounter a stressful life event.

The Valued Living Questionnaire can be found at the following website:

http://truetoyourselfhealth.com/uploads/Valued_Living_Questionnaire.pdf

For example, I complete the Valued Living Questionnaire, and rate the following activities:

Friends and social life      Very important   8

Self care (exercise, diet and relaxation)    Very important   9

Then I complete the exercise on Committed Action using SMART goals.  SMART goals are specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely.   In order to maximise success, when setting goals it is important to clearly identify the benefits and any barriers to achieving them, together with specific strategies for overcoming the barriers.

See the following website for a description of SMART goals:

http://www.goal-setting-guide.com/goal-setting-tutorials/smart-goal-setting

A component of my life I value is friends and social life

My intention for this component is to have several close friends with whom I can engage in different activities and interests e.g. walking, swimming, socialising in the pub, going for meals, going for coffee, mutual support by telephone.

The committed actions that I am willing to take include the following:

Maintain contact and activities with my existing friends several times a week – ongoing

Undertake a short course which would bring me into contact with others and increase the possibility of making new friends.  I look for short courses on the web that may be of interest at Wirral Borough Council Adult Education, Birkenhead Sixth Form College and Wirral Mind.  I identify a short course run by Wirral Borough Council that starts in January 2011.  A possible barrier to achieving this goal may be that I cannot find the venue or that I do not get a place on the course so I make sure that I ring up in good time to book my place and do a dummy run to familiarise myself with the venue in advance.

A component of my life I value is self care (exercise, diet and relaxation)

My intention for this component is to lead a healthy life by improving my diet, cutting down on alcohol and increase the quantity and variety of exercise that I do.

The committed actions that I am willing to take include the following:

Eat a balanced diet and go swimming twice a week – ongoing

Increase my exercise by joining a diet and fitness class where advice is given about healthy eating and there is a varied exercise class every week.  A possible barrier to achieving this goal may be that I feel de-motivated on the afternoon of the class and make excuses not to go. I talk to a friend who attends a class near where I live and we arrange to go to the class together.  This mutual support reduces the possibility of me backing out at the last minute.

An alternative version of the Valued Living Questionnaire used in Life Coaching is the Wheel of Life.  This can give you a visual representation of how satisfied you are with the different areas of your life so that you can identify areas for improvement.  Please refer to the following website for an interactive demo which you can complete for your own reference:

http://www.wheeloflifeinteractive.com/

By regularly reviewing my values, setting SMART goals and taking committed action, I have significantly improved the quality of my life and I feel that I am in a much better place now than I was a few years ago.

Amethyst

November 2011

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