Values are an important part of life in order to give you a sense of equilibrium. When we remain true to our values, we ultimately remain true to ourselves, which allows us to to feel a sense of balance throughout our lives.
What are values?
Values are a set of beliefs that you live and work by. They ultimately determine where your priorities lie and what is valuable to you. They allow you to measure whether something is or isn’t important to you and whether it aligns with your personal ethos. They let you determine whether you are or aren’t being true to yourself in all aspects of your life.
What are your values?
The first and most important thing to do is decide what your values are. In order to recognise if you are being true to yourself, you need to ascertain what your values lie. These can relate to all aspects of your life, specific ones, or very generic ones. For example, a few of the generic traits I like to live by are honesty, kindness, respect and positivity. However, if I hone in on a specific sector of my life, for example, running, my values would be enjoyment, courage, hard work and determination. Therefore depending on what I am doing, I consult my different beliefs.
When to use your values.
Values can be used at different points in your life, and on a daily basis. They are especially useful in times of conflict or uncertainty. If you feel lost and unsure of the best way to proceed, consulting your values can determine the best path to follow to ensure an outcome that will sit well with you. If you have been asked to do something, but you are not sure if it is the right thing to do, you can consult your values and see where you align. If you find that specific thing opposes many of your values, perhaps it would be important to rethink whether you do it or not, but if you find your values are strengthened by this approach, you can believe it is the best way forward.
You don’t need to have your values at the forefront of you mind at all times, but it is worthwhile checking in with them every now and then and recognising whether you are remaining true to yourself, or perhaps recognising that you have lost a little bit of direction. Our values will change, and at different points of our lives some may be more important that others, but they allow us to remain grounded. They also, most importantly, allow us to maintain a level of self respect.
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