Day 37 - Purpose, Values and Beliefs

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Robin Boudette, Ph.D.

Robin is a psychologist in Counseling and Psychological Services at Princeton University, and has worked 14 years with students. She is the former Director of the University Medical Center at Princeton Eating Disorders Program, and founder of the Mind-Body Health Services Team. 

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Happiness, joy and fulfillment all spring from the congruence of our behaviors with our concept of self. If we unconsciously value honesty, authenticity, trustworthiness, patience and compassion - yet behave otherwise - we set up inner conflict that can devolve from a feeling of conscientious discomfort to full-blown self-loathing.

The important step here is to consciously clarify the purpose, values and beliefs that we decide to embrace. The choices provides a bright baseline for how we respond and act. This doesn’t mean that we’ll always have the presence of mind or discipline to act in accordance with the attributes we’ve chosen - but it does consciously clarify the gap, which allows us to consciously close it.   


When we generally are acting in accordance with what we want ourselves to be - we are fundamentally at peace. Intention setting helps us choose and become aware of what's most important to us, and skillfully align our speech and actions to reflect those choices. 

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