What is the unique value you bring to your daily life regardless of it being at work, at home or in one of the many other parts of your life? Take a minute to check and identify what value
you are adding.
Anyone that is saying, why does it matter? Because it is directly attached to how you value yourself, and the quality of your life.
These questions are prompts and may vary in the different areas of your life, so in the course of a day, you may behave differently in different companies and circumstances.
- What context do you create? If you work with a group, you may bring a female, younger, older, family, customer, or some other context due to your experience.
- What emotional presence do you bring? You may have more emotional intelligence and need to encourage more balance, or you may be emotionally strong and stay on the path best for the group or business, even though you will be personally inconvenienced.
- What connection do you bring? I.e. These are cookies my daughter made, or I feel totally connected with the customer’s situation because I have been in their shoes.
- Do you easily share humour? When you help people laugh, it helps release stress and tension.
- What are your personality traits? Order, detail, intensity, sensory, atmosphere, better aesthetic – these are all highly valuable in creating the highest level of effective balance.
- Do you still like to play? Making work and your daily endeavours fun helps many people maintain focus and produce their best results.
- Are you competitive? Gamification has helped many people improve by encouraging them to compete with themselves and those in their team.
- Do you value your exclusivity? You may give status to a situation, there is only one you and your limited availability may attract a higher price and interest.
- Do you have unique skills? This may be your IT expertise, beautiful handwriting, etc.
- Are you creative and able to leverage fantasy? Seeing Mickey Mouse at Disneyland is massive in a 4-year-old’s mind, even though it’s only someone dressed up pretending to be Mickey.
- Are you comfortable with experimentation? When someone within a workgroup is confident to experiment, it can help others to have the confidence to let go of what isn’t working and help to look at new ways.
- Are you adventurous? Being able to embrace a little bit of adventure can increase anticipation, create excitement and possibility within the wider group.
- Do you like to learn new things? This can create momentum, inspire confidence and personal growth, but it can also help many people that may have difficulty learning new things.
- Do you give your time? Being present is a rare commodity, as is giving more time than the minimum meeting allocation. Giving your time might just be taking time to follow up, spending an extra 5 minutes on something you think is important.
- What parts of your work would you be comfortable to guarantee? When you give someone an assurance on the quality and remove their risk, they will behave differently towards you.
- What are the things you do with no strings attached IE “For Free”? You can do something for “Free” and convey extra value, but you also could be doing too much for “Free” such that it undermines your value.
- Can the priority you give something can be significant? I.e. Personally paying a contractor’s invoice on the day you receive it will in some instances be really valued.
- Do you treat everyone the same? When you elevate someone’s status, you are adding value – a friend, a VIP, or a repeat customer. When you go to watch your child’s sport, you are elevating them and their self-worth lifts as a consequence.
- Are you generous? When you are able to, do something for someone else whilst pursuing your own goals. It may be only making someone a coffee when you make one for yourself, but it will make you feel good and them good toward you.
- Does your demeanour carry with it a sense of opportunity? Some people have that “lotto factor” and if you are one of those it could be your biggest value. It gives people around you a feeling of hope and possibility. With so many people facing mental health challenges this could be a life-saving gift.