What are your core values?

04 Oct 2021

What are your core values?

I’m excited to talk to you today about values, and how we get our values, what my values are, and what the gym’s values are. If you would like to work on values for yourself, I have found that having these and identifying these have helped me through some tough times in life, how to make decisions, how to react to things. I’ve also found that my values have changed over the years, so it’s important for me to take the time to get away and think about if my values are still the same or if I have new values.

Values for myself and NIKA

I believe in hard work. I believe in literal, physical hard work. When I was a kid, I grew up on a farm, a horse farm, and my father would make us do hard work. I’m trying to teach my boys the value of hard work. I test myself all the time. It’s why I love CrossFit, because it’s hard work. It’s why I love showing up even when I don’t want to, because it’s hard work.

The next value of mine is to have fun. Life is very short and has ups and downs. It’s easy to focus on the downs, but it’s important to focus on the fun, to be happy in small ways. Focusing on the downs keeps us safe, it’s part of survival. So it’s hard to focus on the fun. Kara and I focus on the fun. We make time to focus on the fun, and we’re trying to teach that to the boys.

Loyalty. A lot of people talk about loyalty as something you should just give to people, and if you don’t do that, then you’re wrong. That’s not what loyalty is to me. Loyalty to me is being there even when the things get hard, being there even when you don’t agree on things, or when you have different values in the sense of what you think is right or wrong. Loyalty is being there no matter what.

Constant learning, that’s a huge value of mine. Education is hard for kids, and I don’t blame them. They go sit in a room for forty-five minutes to an hour and the teacher talks at them. At least for my boys, they find education boring. But here’s what I found out, my kids actually really like education. They just find in the form of YouTube, or TikTok or Reels, or whatever. They’re constantly telling me about things they learned on TikTok. As an adult, I think it’s important to constantly be learning and giving yourself the opportunity to learn. Part of continuing education to me is surrounding myself with people that are better than me.

To find out why it’s important when you find yourself in a room where you feel like you don’t belong, that’s exactly where you should be, go listen to the full podcast or watch the video on Youtube.

What are your values?

Thanks, Ashley