Dec 6, 2023 | Values

What are your Values?

Your values are what you believe are essential in how you live and work.

They should determine your priorities; deep down, they are the measures you use to tell if your life is turning out how you want it.

When your actions and behaviour match your values, life is usually good – you are satisfied and content.

But when they don’t align with your values, things feel wrong, which can be a source of unhappiness.

So, it is essential to identify your values.

How values help you

Values exist whether you recognise them or not.  When you acknowledge your values and make plans and decisions honouring them, life can be much easier.


If you value family but must work 60 hours a week in your job, you will feel internal stress and conflict.

Are you likely to be unhappy if you don’t love competition and work in a highly competitive environment?

In these types of situations, understanding your values can help.  When you know your values, you can use them to make decisions about how you live your life and answer questions like these.

  • What job should I pursue?
  • Should I accept a promotion?
  • Should I start my own business?
  • Should I compromise or be firm with my position?
  • Should I follow tradition or travel down a new path?

Values are usually stable, yet they don’t have strict limits or boundaries.  Also, as you move through life, your values will change, for example, after having a child.

You can revisit your values and adjust them as you go through life to give balance.

To help identify your values. Think about the following.

Identify the times when you were at your happiest

Identify the times when you were very proud.

Identify the times when you were most fulfilled and satisfied.

Determine your top values based on your experience of happiness, pride and fulfilment.


How and why these experiences gave meaning to your life

What other factors contributed to the above?

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