Using your values to choose

At the London Action Science Meetup in January we discussed the article Emotional Agility (HBR, Nov 2013), and in particular how to apply the four steps described in the article:

  1. recognize your patterns;
  2. label your thoughts and emotions;
  3. accept them; and
  4. act on your values

The importance of using your values they provide a stable point of reference, not subject to day-to-day fluctuations: “The mind’s thought stream flows endlessly, and emotions change like the weather, but values can be called on at any time, in any situation.”

For me personally, one consequence is choosing between alternatives for positive reasons, not negative ones. This was useful for a recent decision at TIM Group and I used the occasion of our weekly Lightning Talks to share the experience more widely.