What’s Valuable About Having Values?

What’s Valuable About Having Values
By Paul Lemberg

Let’s talk about values…

Yours.

What kind?

Family values, personal values, corporate values.

So what are values – and why are they important to creating breakthroughs?

Values are things we strive to gain or keep. They are the expression of what is important to us. Values can be concrete things like money, gourmet food, and fast motorcycles, or they can be abstract things like contribution, challenge, or adventure.

Values, along with our beliefs about what will satisfy our values, have a decisive impact on the choices we make. We make decisions based on our values.

If we believe a proposed action will give us more of what we value, we are likely to take that action. And the degree to which we are likely to take that action, is proportional to the strength of our beliefs and how much we think the value will increase.

We are constantly evaluating whether something is good for us or bad for us-in fact, we can’t help it. It’s part of our design as human beings.

A hidden value system will cause you to make choices that are inexplicable-you will choose Option A over Option B, even though A seems logical. Why, because B violates your unconscious values system.

You can use a consciously constructed values system to help turn your venture into a high performance machine. A lucid value system, out in the open-and arranged hierarchically-this is more important than that, and so on-turned into a values statement-serves as a guide in evaluating your options, and inventing new ones.

In other words, if you understand the values that motivate you, you can deliberately choose actions which will satisfy those values. Which make you feel good, and keep you conflict-free, and internally consistent. You reduce or eliminate your personal friction, allowing you to easily take massive action towards your objectives.

Your values statement also helps you align your various stakeholders, and have them acting in that same consistent way.

Your values system also keeps you from making poor choices, which would throw you into personal conflict. Choices which make you unhappy and gum up the works.

Well understood and clearly expressed values can propel you through the most difficult change periods, and keep you far ahead of the wandering herd.

Here is a list of common (and uncommon) values. This list is neither complete nor definitive. It is a guide. Please add your own.

Acceptance

Achievement

Adventure

Affection

Art

Beauty

Being Different

Challenge

Change

Commitment

Compassion

Competition

Confrontation

Contribution

Courage

Creativity

Detachment

Ecstasy

Efficiency

Ethics

Excellence

Excitement

Fame

Free Time

Freedom

God

Growth

Happiness

Hard Work

Harmony

Health

Honesty

Integrity

Knowledge

Leadership

Learning

Love

Loyalty

Making a difference

Merit

Nature

Partnership

Passion

Peace

Play

Power

Prosperity

Resilience

Security

Self-awareness

Self-expression

Self-respect

Serenity

Service

Sharing

Sophistication

Stability

Success

Support

Teamwork

Trust

Wealth

Winning

Wisdom

What should you do with this list?

First, make your own list so that you have a better understanding…

Once you have your values list, for the next two weeks, at the start of each day, choose a value from the list and make it your value for the day. What you’re doing, in other words, is choosing a place to stand for the day.

Let that value become a part of you for 24 hours. Reference all your choices, actions, and conversations against that value. Of course, you’ll notice everything that’s not a match. What there is to do is course-correct.

Let your daily value be a compass by which you guide your day. Let yourself align with your daily value. And notice, at the close of each day, what has opened up. Notice who you now are in relation to you.

Notice what you’ve accomplished. Sales closed, smiles received, offers to do new business, invitations . . .

And, of course, notice the feedback from your family, friends, colleagues… everybody!

***

Paul Lemberg helps small business owners become wealthy. Since 1995, Paul has helped hundreds of small business owners achieve outstanding success. He has written three books, including Faster Than the Speed of Change, Earn Twice As Much with Half The Stress (co-authored with Tom Matzen), and his latest, the business best seller, Be Unreasonable.

On television, Paul has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, Financial News Network, and dozens of national radio programs. His work has been featured in over eighty magazines and publications including the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, as well as the world’s largest circulation newsletter, Bottom Line Personal. 

You can learn more about Paul at Paul Lemberg.

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