I learn't about the study of Values or Axiology two years ago when I attended my first Break Through Experience with Dr John Demartini.
When I talk about values I am not talking about the traditional definition of right and wrong, I mean the things that are important to us and how they drive our actions. It's a fascinating area of study and one that has really changed my perspective on life and what are the drivers of peoples behaviour. Very helpful in relationships and in business too! I'm grateful that I was about to learn from such a great teacher in Dr Demartini, he is truly an inspiring man.
Dr John Demartini and Andrew Ford
I first met John through my partner at the time, Emily Gowor, who is an experienced Demartini practitioner and personal friend of his daughter Breccia. I was fortunate to have lunch with him before a presentation in Melbourne and was unaware what an inspiring man he was until I saw the speech - he literally blew me away! I am not easily impressed yet his authenticity, passion and dedication to his mission was more than I had seen in any business person over my last 20 years in corporations. I was hooked and decided to learn more so I read the wonderful book 'Inspired Destiny' and then attended Breakthrough, his signature two day course.
What it taught me was there are seven areas of values: family, friends, health, education, business, money and spirituality. I use values and add a few other dimensions when working with clients at Social Star such as; life stage, resources, personality, goals and strengths, to understand their personal brands. Values change slowly overtime as our lives alter with major life stages; independence, marriage, children, work and so forth.
Values drive our behaviour whether we know it or not! You can't escape what you truly want or are and a lot of tension I see in people is trying to live someone else's values and not their own. That could be parents, society, partners or friends. To be empowered and fulfilled in life is to live according to your own values, only then will you be more you. The beautiful thing about working with people in this area, is when they understand this and live it, they grow in all areas of life. Business, relationships, financially, health and more. It really is the No.1 lesson in life.
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