Don’t be fooled into thinking your neighbor…mother…or anyone knows better than you. “Better” is relative and it’s also subjective. Who is to say that price tag is expensive or cheap? You. Outside market forces and “what other people say” are just that — outside of you and not you!

When we succumb to external judgments of value, we give away our power. We fail to realize we are the ultimate value setters — based on what we uniquely perceive. We suffer when the value we perceive doesn’t measure up to the price we pay. And, to help us mitigate this suffering, we have this week — a week devoted to VALUE.

Why settle for less? Good question. We do this when we feel we need to justify the value gap we have with others. We also do this when we undervalue ourselves and don’t feel worthy of the ‘extravagance’.

This week, when you catch yourself saying, “Yes, but I got it on sale…” or “Yes, but….(xyz)”, ask yourself, “What am I trying to defend?” Is it truly the price you paid or what you value? We value according to how it matters in our heart, so when you deny that value, you deny yourself. What do you value? What are you worth? What do you deserve? You see, it’s a slippery slope.

1. VALUE your body.

What we treat as valuable flourishes. Are you feeding or otherwise treating your body as valuable? What can you do to bring more high-quality foods into your diet. Don’t think in terms of dollar signs, think in terms of value.

value | The willPower Method®2. VALUE what “money can’t buy.”

What are they for you? A beautiful view. Hand holding. A great night’s sleep. Think about ways to make this valuable stuff more prominent in your life.

3. VALUE your space.

To move, feel, be. Create some sacred space in your home just for you. Carve out a corner of your office as well. A place to meditate. A place with a few key tokens, ornaments, pictures, or symbols. A place that strengthens your sense of self-worth, value, and intention.

4. VALUE your strength.

When have you been strong in a way that surprised yourself? This is a powerful moment to bring into your core and to bolster your confidence in your capabilities.

5. VALUE your remuneration.

Do you get paid enough for what you do? If your answer is “no”, realize something is ‘out of whack’ in either your perception or your profession. We don’t have to be paid in monetary terms to feel well-compensated. Money is just one mechanism. But, there is a consciousness about it.

6. VALUE the environment.

We often think our individual decisions don’t matter, but they do. When we honor our environment through thoughtful decisions like reusable grocery bags and sustainable investment, our environment honors us. Our world is a mirror of what we value and how we honor our value system.

7. VALUE your inner voice.

Carve out some time for quiet contemplation in your sacred space. If meditation is not your thing, find something that works — cooking, painting, coloring, writing, walking in nature, planking…

value | The willPower Method8. VALUE your time.

Take stock of the disconnect between what you value and where you are spending your time. Time is a larger determinant of happiness than money. But, we often spend our time blindly. So, bring awareness and intention to your time allocation.

9. VALUE your intuition even when it runs contrary to conventional thinking or the so-called “expert” opinion.

If it’s something of VALUE, trust your intuition. You will get the outcome you need.

10. VALUE your talent.

Think about your unique talent. How is it valued? What are ways you can tap into that talent to cultivate it further, to increase your intrinsic value, and to, ultimately, enhance your ‘net worth’?

Bonus: VALUE your dreams.

Get real. What are they? And, why aren’t you going for them? Get up in the morning and consciously engage from your heart. Yes, let your heart be the ultimate value-setter. Year-end is a natural time for reflection. Forget early “holiday shopping”, try early “Dream shopping”…what do you want next year to bring…to look like…to feel like? Close your eyes and let some images come into your mind. Psst…this is going to be fun!

Do want to explore VALUE further? Click here for quotes, mantras, and our willPower dedicated weekly exercise.

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah Ingmanson

Sarah is a studio owner, fitness instructor and competitor. She is a former investment banker and equity research analyst with her MBA from the Wharton School and her MA in International Affairs from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania. Sarah is fluent in Japanese and consults with Japanese companies on corporate governance, finance, and investor relations. Sarah's interest in Japan stemmed from her first tour with Disney On Ice as a professional figure skater. For more info on Sarah and her studio, visit