Values

by Juliet Hancock

Our personal values

Definition
One’s judgement of what is important in life

Our personal values describe what is most important to us: what we instinctively prioritise above other things – our ‘inner guide’. They are the core of who we are, being the fundamental things that need to be present in our lives for us to feel happiness, satisfaction and fulfilment.

They are individual and internal and we use them every day, often at an unconscious level, to make decisions and choices about what we do and how we do it. Our values are the reason why we do the things we do.

Our values provide the motivation, drive and energy to get things done. They fuel our passion and our emotion. So they also determine when we feel frustrated, angry or lack the energy to do something because it doesn’t fit with the values that are important to us.

Values are the point at which our internal world of beliefs, hopes, fears and expectations connect with the world around us. If there is alignment between our personal values and the prevailing environment at home, work or in the wider community/society, we will feel a sense of wellbeing. If there is a gap between our values and those of our environment, we will ‘disengage’ and not be able to give our best or fulfil our potential.

Being more aware of our own values helps us understand why we act the way we do and how we are perceived by others. We can make more informed choices about what we do and how, in line with what matters most for us.

Awareness of other people’s values helps us understand what motivates them and causes them to act as they do. This enables us to make choices about how we relate to others and what we expect of them. And how we can help others to fulfil their potential.

Values are therefore powerful ‘connectors’ or ‘dis-connectors’ between us and those around us, with a resulting impact on our workplaces and communities.

It's not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.
Roy Disney
Values are like fingerprints. Nobody's are the same, but you leave 'em all over everything you do.
Elvis Presley (1935-1977)
Find people who share your values, and you'll conquer the world together.
John Ratzenberger