Do your money values align with your priorities?

What drives you to work hard every day, discipline yourself to save money, and make certain financial choices?

When you look at how you manage your money, does what you see reflect who you are? If examined by an outsider, would they know what’s important to you?

Fact is our values define who we are. 

How would you define your values?

Before you answer this question, you need to know what, in general, values are.

Your values are the things that you believe are important in the way you live and work. They (should) determine your priorities, and, deep down, they're probably the measures you use to tell if your life is turning out the way you want it to.

When the things that you do and the way you behave match your values, life is usually good – you're satisfied and content. But when these don't align with your personal values, that's when things feel... wrong. This can be a real source of unhappiness.

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Good things happen when you get your priorities straight.
Like it or not, your money values impact how you think, save, and spend. Your actions, in turn, determine how you live your life. When your money values are in line with your goals and your actions are in line with your values, you lead a happier life.

In my personal life, I have seen the consequences of being disconnected from my values and how this affects my money. I sometimes want to save money for specific goals. Yet I find myself buying many things I don’t need. At first I try to brush this off but I know that I didn't honour my values. I allowed myself to be derailed from things I hold dear to my heart. 

So if you’re are like me and sometimes struggle to get right with your money plan, it pays to take a look at your core money values.This is the only way you will be able to move closer to your financial goals.

Having a healthy relationship with money is key if you want to grow your wealth and control your spending. But, how do you go about achieving this healthy relationship?

To feel financially empowered, you first have to recognise whether your money values are causing your cash flow issues. If so, it’s time to change your ways. For example, if your spending habits have put you in debt, your money values are clearly a problem.

Making value-based choices may not always be easy. However, making a choice that you know is right is a lot less difficult in the long run.

Final thoughts

If your personal values don’t match the way you’re living, think about how you can change your circumstances. With this in mind, take some time to identify your money values and discover what really makes you happy. You’ll be on your way to living a life that you love. Better yet, you’ll be able to afford that life. Only then can you truly be satisfied and successful.