How (and why) to determine your values


Last updated November 17, 2015

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Do you ever feel like you’re just going through all the movement of life without actually living?I know. I know. A couple of months ago, I realized that, while I was making progress in my academic activities and business ventures, I still felt … empty …

“Why does that even matter?” I wonder. “Why did I fight for these temporary targets, which I probably don’t remember even five, ten, fifteen years?“As usual, I was successful, but it didn’ t mean anything to me …

Deep stuff, huh? It’s probably not what you’re worried about every day (homework and cliffhanger ending.

) I wasn’t sure how to deal with this feeling for a while, but then I came across James Yak.

This position was a revelation to me. I’ve read a lot about online business, career, success and high success, but I rarely see any of these goals.

James ‘ s post was the first attempt I had foreseen for the indigenous goals of business and life in clearly defined values, which were more altruistic than “making money” and more specific than “helping others.“I knew it was some kind of change that I had to do for my own life, but, like so many important things, I left it in memory as one of the things I would have made when I had time.

What really changed for me was to see the author David Foster Wallace in 2005 at Kenyon College.

Unlike many of the opening addresses, which try to inspire the graduates and tell them all the great things they will do, Wallace is brutally honest about boredals and petty frustrations that are part of adult life. He wants to tell the Greek.

Although the speech that was the most likely to me, it was as follows:

”… the so-called real world will not prevent you from working on your defaults, because the so-called real world of men and money and power is fun and angrily, and anger and a sense of frustration and worship.”

I know it sounds like a really dark thing, but the Wallace case is that each of us has the freedom to reject these “default settings” and make sense on the basis of something better. What is “better” depends on you (more about this in a moment), but the point is that you have a different choice than default, and.

But before we go any further, we need to clarify what “values” …

Defining values is not a simple task …

The second definition, given by Google, is not a bad start:

But it leaves much to the imagination and does not stress exactly what values.

Use these principles when you discover your values ..

” Most people never take time to think about their values, writing them and clarifying them. Maybe it sounds too easy or not. “.

Maybe you’re not sure that the definition of your values is what really matters, and that’s completely understandable. All this can sound very vague, unscientific, and a waste of time …

In this section, I hope to dispel your doubts by providing three reasons for determining your values:.

  • To improve your mental and physical health.
  • Living on your own terms.
  • To make difficult decisions easier.
  • You may be surprised to learn that there is scientifically sound evidence of why it is important to define your values ..

    Again, here is James Jasny (.

    ” In the long run, it was shown how to write about the values.

    Sounds pretty impressive, right? Who doesn’t want such benefits? Defining your values can literally improve your health.

    This quote also indicates that the definition of your values does not require long periods of self-reflection on the snowy mountain (though, if you do, it is absolutely loaded, and I want to see the photos). Even expenses.Regardless of your beliefs about the afterlife or the rebirth, you only get to live this (special) life once …

    Let’ s be generous and assume that you have lived a long human life for 90 years. This means that you get 1080 months, 4680 weeks, or 32 850 days ..

    90 winters, springs, sammer and falls …

    It seems endless, but.

    Knowing this, it would be a shame to live in your life based on the blind acceptance of a stranger’s value, especially if these values, because of the lack of a better word,

    It goes back to David Foster Wallace’s quote I used before. If you do not define your values, the society gives you pretty shitty default …

    The default social values are:.

  • Self-censorship.
  • Pretty bad ways to live, right? But if you don’t think that you want your values to be, it’s very easy to slip into these defaults. We all do this sometimes (this is part of the human being), but ideally they are the exception, not the rule …

    To be satisfied with life, you need to define a better code than the default value of

    Life is full of hard choices. This is not necessarily difficult because of potential results, but rather ambiguity.

    Solid solutions for most of us or face will include:.

  • Select a romantic partner.
  • I choose to spend our money.When you define a value, these decisions become more convenient.
  • For example, suppose you have.

    As a result, you are in the process of proposing two “excellent” jobs, one in Meeseeks Industries, and the other in Gazorpazorp Inc. Both pay a beautiful salary of 60,000 mockel a year, both are in cool, innovative companies, and both offer great benefits. And both of them have covered waterslide. We also assume that both are in the same city and distance from where you live ..

    How do you choose between two apparent dreams?

    You do some research and find out that, despite their presence on the Internet and the intended desire for philanthropy, Meeseeks Industries to some serious unethical cloning-related activity. The company “Gazorpazorp Industries”, on the other hand, gives 10% of its profits to charity, which helps young people with fathers to get positive models for the copycat.

    Knowing that you value help to others and give your excess wealth, your solution becomes much simpler, and Gazorpazorp Industries is your obvious choice ..

    This was not the most realistic example, but I hope you can see how.

    (If you’re really confused about this, just watch 1 season.

    If you’re still not sure, it’s totally cool – after all, who am I to tell you how to live in your life? Yeah, yeah, yeah.If, however, you decide that the definition of your values is what you want to try, then.

    As I said, this should not be a long, deep process. All you need to determine your values is 10 minutes and you write the tool of your choice …

    Set the timer to 10 minutes and record the value. They can be common enough, but make sure they’re personal. No one will read these, so write what’s really important to you, not what you think.

    If you need a little inspiration, James Yak has one.

    When I did the exercise myself, that’s what I came up with. I use them only to show that I am following my own advice, without affecting your choice …

    ” The idea of this method is:

    While the definition of your values can have a profound effect on health and well-being (as we have seen earlier), your values are of the most importance if you live in your daily life …

    Like most of the things you want to do to live your values is a habit. Like most of the habits that you want to build, you usually start strong and then get completely off the rails when the smallest thing went wrong …

    Here are a few ideas to avoid this common pitfall and survive your values every day:

    In addition to the above, any self-reflection that makes sense will help you not to know if you live in harmony with your values …

    This post is intended to be the beginning of a path of self-reflection and more conscious residence. I hope that this has given you some of the tools necessary to live in your life with greater purpose and integrity ..

    I myself, but most of the newcomers in this field. While wisdom is one of my core values, I admit for the first time that I have only seen it through the imblination of others …

    I welcome any of your thoughts or suggestions on this broad, complex, rewarder theme, and I would be happy to share them in the comments below …

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