What is the difference between our principles and our values?
Our principles have been pushed to us by others, from the outside world. They have been taught to us. They help us to conform to the norms of society.
Values come from within us. They are all those things we consider important. Our values highlight what we stand for and guide us in life, especially in difficult times. Our values largely determine our behaviors, decisions, and actions.
When our plain logic does not seem enough to help us make critical decisions, then we mobilize our “heart”. The heart always functions based on our values. When our decisions or activities are in line with our values, then an internal motivation is created and everything proceeds with ease and pleasure. We are fulfilled.
However, when we are forced to deal with something that conflicts with our values, we get a feeling that something is wrong, or we have negative emotions such as a sense of internal tension, anxiety or guilt which bring procrastination and other negative behaviors.
Below is a list of some of the most important human values. Think carefully and note which ones suit best to you. Finally, prioritize your own personal values. Of course you can always add one you might not see in the list.
|Recognition by others|
|Avoid pressure – conflict|
|Action and variety|
|Ability to express|
|Offer to others|
My ten most important personal values (try to list them in order of importance to you):