There are two types of values and we are going to explore personal values today –and global values in a couple of days’ time.
Personal values are about you as an individual and guide you in how you relate to yourself and how you want others to relate to you. They are the core principles that you base your life on and access your personal integrity.
Global values are about you as a member of society, within your community and your family. They guide you in how you relate to other people and determine what is acceptable to you in your external world.
It is important to reiterate that values are intangible – they are not material, physical things. You can like material things like cars or trinket collections but they are not the value. To clarify if something is a value or not simply ask, can I touch it? If you can then you haven’t named the value.
Material goods often reflect our values. For example, a car is a material good, I don’t value my car. But the car represents freedom and independence and they are my values. This means that I strive to have a modern, reliable car to ensure my values for freedom and independence are maintained. The choice of it being big, small, expensive, a Holden or a Ford are influenced by other factors which are unrelated to my value system.
Today’s activity is to help you identify and prioritise your personal values. To restate what personal values are: they are about you as an individual and guide you in how you relate to yourself and how you want others to relate to you. They are the core principles that you base your life on and access your personal integrity.
Rank from most important to least important the following values
Having ranked these values from number one being the most important to you through to number twenty, the least important, take the top ten and answer the following questions:
What actions did you take today to express this value?
What behaviours did you display that expressed this value today?
What words did you speak that expressed this value today?
What beliefs do you have that express this value?
What attitudes do you hold that express this value?