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  • Writer's pictureSiji Raveendran

Why Values are Important?

Updated: Aug 14, 2020

Our values inform our thoughts, words and actions.

Our values inform our thoughts, words and actions.

1. Values help you find your purpose:-

Have you already figured out the purpose of life? If not, as is the case for most of us, values can help answer the all-encompassing question, “What is my purpose in life?” You can’t expect to know what you want out of life if you don’t know what is important in life. Knowing what you value gets you that much closer to an answer. Think about it.

2. Values help you react in difficult situations:-

Values are guiding principles for behavior. They can help ensure you behave in a way that matches who you want to be at your core. People often react quickly in situations, especially difficult ones, and they don’t always take the time to think about what they are doing before they do it. You can use your values to reflect on situations, too, to decide, for example, if you need to apologize for something. What a helpful little tool!

3. Values help you make decisions:-

When you come across the need to make a decision, your values can help you make the right call. Sometimes emotions get in the way of good decision making, but if you stop to ask yourself, “What would someone who values X do in this situation?” then you just might be able to come to a more clearheaded, less emotionally-affected decision.

4. Values help clear out the clutter:-

Do you ever want to eliminate excess baggage from your life? Identifying your values will help you rule out the things you really do not want, need or believe are important. People are consumed with so much these days. Weed the time- and energy-wasting things out of your life!

5. Values help you choose the right career:-

All career paths come with pros and cons, we know that. But when you know what matters most to you, you can be sure you are choosing the right career path. If you value connection, interaction, and friendship, for example, then it’s possible a work-at-home job may not be a good fit for you. On the other hand, if you value travel, wealth, and conversation, then maybe a traveling sales job is perfect for you. Sometimes knowing your values can even help you determine if a promotion is the best idea for you. Who knew saying no to a promotion could be a good idea?

6. Decision-making becomes easier and more effective:-

When you know your values, making clear decisions is more possible. Let’s say that you are offered a new job that pays more than your current job. Will you take it? You’re best off making the decision according to what you consider most important in life. You’ll be making more money, which might support a value for financial success. However, you’ll be spending less time with your family, which goes against a value for relationships.

Which values is more important to you? Relationships or financial success? If you are really clear about this, the decision-making process will also be more clear.

Life gets much simple:-

Life can be complicated, but could be a little simpler if you really understand what’s most important to you. Taking the job that pays more, but requires a sacrifice in relationships doesn’t have to be complicated. If you are sure that it violates a core value, then you can trust that you will not consider it to be worthwhile if you take it. Knowing and trusting your values could save you years of headache, heartache and hassle.

Life is less stressful:-

Go against core values causes inner conflict. Inner conflict is stressful. In fact, studies show that this kind of stress trumps other (more talked about) forms of stress. For example, a lot of us think that our busy schedules cause a lot of stress. They can, but not as stressful as the inner conflict that accompanies (which may be related to values).

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