They impact every aspect of your life
including personal and work behaviors, your interactions with
family, friends and co-workers; your decision-making
processes and the direction you take in life. This is why it is so
important to know what you value and what is important to you.
Four Categories of a Personal Value System
Personal Values - Personal
values are those traits we see as worth aspiring to, and that define
Spiritual Values - The values
that connect us to a higher power and give us a sense of purpose
beyond our material existence.
Family Values - To love and
care for those we are close to; our children, our parents, other
family members, and our friends.
Career Values - The best use
and expression of our talents and skills for the purposes of
contributing to society and for monetary compensation.
Which values do we as social beings find
No matter what tradition we are brought up in, there are
characteristics we value in others which transcend social, economic
and religious boundaries. Some of these characteristics are:
Integrity is trustworthiness, honesty and uprightness of character.
We value people of integrity because we know what to expect from them.
We know they will act honorably and that they will do what they think
is right. We want people with integrity as our friends, on our teams
and in our organizations.
Respect is honoring the worth and dignity of all people. Those who
respect others treat them with fairness and courtesy. They treat
others the way they themselves wish to be treated.
Loyalty is a commitment and faithfulness to a person or cause. Those
who are loyal to their family, friends, organizations and country
stand behind and support them during good times and bad times. They
can be counted on to be there when the going gets difficult and to
help out when the chips are down.
Those who accept responsibility are reliable, dependable and willing
to take accountability for who they are and what they do. They believe
they have a moral obligation to help others and to make a contribution
to the society they live in.
No matter what values we choose live by, it is vital that we look
at the big picture, assess what we want our role to be, and map out
how we intend to conduct our lives.