Good Decisions: Using Values as the Driving Force for Decision-Making. Do You Know Your Values?

It’s not hard to make good decisions when you know what your values are
Using Values as the Driving Force for Decision Making

Personal values ​​and decisions

 

Personal values ​​are very important. Values ​​are basic beliefs and attitudes about life. They are the basis for many decisions and actions. By becoming more aware of your personal values, you can use them as a guide to make the best choice in any situation. 

Values are important, because life is full of choices

 

Yes, life is full of choices. Where you go, what you do, and who you become are the result of daily decisions you make.

Values are what we care about. As such, values should be the driving force for our decision-making. They should be the basis for the time and effort we spend thinking about decisions. But this is not the way it is. It is not even close to the way it is. Instead, decision-making usually focuses on the choices among alternatives.

Indeed, it is a common experience to look at an upcoming decision the same way most people look at a problem and be influenced by the alternatives available. The decision-making process begins when at least two alternatives are present. I think this occurs almost in all decision situations, but it shouldn’t be like that. It should be possible to go about decision-making in another way.

 

 

 

Values

 

Personal values, in the sense used on these pages, are the basic beliefs and attitudes to life. They provide the motivation for decisions and actions. The values ​​are one level in the Pyramid of Neurological Levels  according to Robert Dilts.

There are personal values ​​(kindness, trust, etc.), spiritual values ​​(intelligence), religious values ​​(beliefs), moral values ​​(behaviors), and material values ​​(money, power, possessions, etc.). Some values, such as the value of respect for property, can be used to derive social norms as concrete rules for social action, such as laws prohibiting theft. Values ​​are a central component of many behavioral codes.

 

 

 

Know your values

 

In my work, I underline the role that your values have in decision-making. Your values are fundamental to making decisions, not looking at the alternatives to decide the best outcome. Ask yourself why do you feel you need to choose an alternative option instead of letting things play out and see what happens?

The consequences of choosing alternative options may contradict your true values that are important to you and therefore this warrants attention. The reason you are interested in making a decision in any situation is the desire to avoid undesirable situations and achieve good opportunities. In any decision process, the alternatives are the means to achieving the more fundamental values you really want.

When you define your personal values, you discover what’s truly important to you. A good way of starting to do this is to look back on your life − to identify when you felt wonderful and really confident that you were making good choices.

Identifying and understanding your values is a challenging and important exercise. Your personal values are a central element of who you are and who you want to be. By becoming more aware of these important factors in your life, you can use them as a guide to make the best choice in any situation.
Some of the life’s decisions are really about determining what you value most. When many options seem reasonable, it’s helpful and comforting to rely on your personal values and use them as a strong guiding force to point you in the right direction.

List with Values

  • Accountability
  • Accuracy
  • Achievement
  • Adventurousness
  • Altruism
  • Ambition
  • Assertiveness
  • Balance
  • Being the best
  • Belonging
  • Boldness
  • Calmness
  • Carefulness
  • Challenge
  • Cheerfulness
  • Clear-mindedness
  • Commitment
  • Community
  • Compassion
  • Competitiveness
  • Consistency
  • Contentment
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Contribution
  • Control
  • Cooperation
  • Correctness
  • Courtesy
  • Creativity
  • Curiosity
  • Decisiveness
  • Democraticness
  • Dependability
  • Determination
  • Devoutness
  • Diligence
  • Discipline
  • Discretion
  • Diversity
  • Dynamism
  • Economy
  • Effectiveness
  • Efficiency
  • Elegance
  • Empathy
  • Enjoyment
  • Enthusiasm
  • Equality
  • Excellence
  • Excitement
  • Expertise
  • Exploration
  • Expressiveness
  • Fairness
  • Faith
  • Family-orientedness
  • Fidelity
  • Fitness
  • Fluency
  • Focus
  • Freedom
  • Fun
  • Generosity
  • Goodness
  • Grace
  • Growth
  • Happiness
  • Hard Work
  • Health
  • Helping Society
  • Holiness
  • Honesty
  • Honor
  • Humility
  • Independence
  • Ingenuity
  • Inner Harmony
  • Inquisitiveness
  • Insightfulness
  • Intelligence
  • Intellectual Status
  • Intuition
  • Joy
  • Justice
  • Leadership
  • Legacy
  • Love
  • Loyalty
  • Making a difference
  • Mastery
  • Merit
  • Obedience
  • Openness
  • Order
  • Originality
  • Patriotism
  • Perfection
  • Piety
  • Positivity
  • Practicality
  • Preparedness
  • Professionalism
  • Prudence
  • Quality-orientation
  • Reliability
  • Resourcefulness
  • Restraint
  • Results-oriented
  • Rigor
  • Security
  • Self-actualization
  • Self-control
  • Selflessness
  • Self-reliance
  • Sensitivity
  • Serenity
  • Service
  • Shrewdness
  • Simplicity
  • Soundness
  • Speed
  • Spontaneity
  • Stability
  • Strategic
  • Strength
  • Structure
  • Success
  • Support
  • Teamwork
  • Temperance
  • Thankfulness
  • Thoroughness
  • Thoughtfulness
  • Timeliness
  • Tolerance
  • Traditionalism
  • Trustworthiness
  • Truth-seeking
  • Understanding
  • Uniqueness
  • Unity
  • Usefulness
  • Vision
  • Vitality

 

 

 

What’s that good for?

 

This list of values ​​serves as a guide. The list contains some synonyms and is not complete. You know more values? Then you can use the comment field and I will complete the list.

For example, this list of values ​​helps you to get a clearer view of what’s important to you personally. You could print out this page, highlight the values ​​that feel best for you and sort them by importance. As you go through the list, it may be that some values ​​are of little or no importance to you, and some may even be considered negative. Take a closer look and dedicate the values ​​that magically attract you. Then you know your priorities.

 

Focus on what is important for you

 

In short, we should spend more of our decision-making time concentrating on what is really important: articulating and understanding our values and using these values to select meaningful decisions to ponder, to create better alternatives than those already identified, and to evaluate more carefully the desirability of the alternatives.

Using values as the driving force for your decision-making.

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What attention do you pay to your values? Do you know your priorities?

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  1. And how many values should someone focus? And how can I find out about the priorities?

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First published: March 1, 2008
Author: Karsten Noack
Revision: April 20, 2019
Translation: April 21, 2009
German version: https://www.karstennoack.de/werte/
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