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It’s worth considering what you value in life and then making an intention and plan to live alongside those values.

« Learning how to focus and prioritize your thoughts effectively based on finely honed personal values is perhaps the greatest and most important struggle in life.

» Mark Manson. Values Clarification: How Reflection On Core Values Is Used In CBT. Let Your Values Drive Your Choices. Nearly every problem you face is temporary.

Let Your Values Drive Your Choices

But these temporary problems cause immediate pain. And we often let this pain drive our choices and actions. For example… An employee suffering from the pain of not feeling important enough or powerful enough might take a terrible job with a fancy title.An individual suffering from the pain of feeling unloved or unappreciated or misunderstood might try to resolve that pain by cheating on their spouse.An entrepreneur suffering from the pain of a faltering small business might resort to using questionable marketing tactics to try to drive more sales. …and so on.

This is how you make choices you wouldn’t normally make. How can we avoid this pitfall and make better long-term choices while still resolving short-term pain? Here’s an approach I’ve been trying recently. Let Your Values Drive Your Choices One of the solutions I’ve been trying out is to let my values drive my choices. I can ask, “Is this in alignment with my values?” The Bottom Line.

What Are Your Values? Deciding What's Most Important in Life Find out how to identify your values, in this short video.

What Are Your Values?

How would you define your values? Before you answer this question, you need to know what, in general, values are. Your values are the things that you believe are important in the way you live and work. They (should) determine your priorities, and, deep down, they're probably the measures you use to tell if your life is turning out the way you want it to. When the things that you do and the way you behave match your values, life is usually good – you're satisfied and content. This is why making a conscious effort to identify your values is so important. The Power of Values (Backed by Science)

Value as a Mean

Virtues. Self-Esteem. What motivates us. Choice. Emotional Habit Patterns. Shared Values. How To Open Up People's Minds to Change. How to open up the mind to change and avoid a defensive reaction.

How To Open Up People's Minds to Change

A very simple exercise — self-affirmation — can open up people’s minds to behaviour change, a new study finds. When given advice about how to change, people are often automatically defensive, trying to justify their current behaviour. Messages about eating healthier, doing some exercise and all the rest may be rejected by stock defences, like not having enough time or energy. Now, research has found that focusing on values that are personally important — such as helping a family member — can help people act on advice they might otherwise find too threatening.

The study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, scanned people’s brains as they were given typical advice about exercise you might get from any doctor (Falk et al., 2015). The researchers were interested in activity in part of the brain called the ventromedial prefrontal cortex (VMPFC). Dr Emily Falk, who led the study, said: The 3 Best Questionnaires for Measuring Values. Our values fuel our actions, emotions, and behavior.

The 3 Best Questionnaires for Measuring Values

It is a crucial aspect of significant branches of studies, including sociology, philosophy, education, and psychology. Values are tied in with ethics and morals; they guide our judgment and prepare us to choose actions according to their consequences. The human value system serves self-exploration, self-enhancement, and self-recognition. Values are “freely chosen, verbally constructed consequences of ongoing, dynamic, evolving patterns of activity, which establish predominant reinforcers for actions that are intrinsic in engagement in the valued behavioral pattern itself” (Wilson and DuFrene, 2009). Psychologists believe in the transformative power of values. The Seven Pillars Of Life. Know-How to Become. Fondamental Needs. Integrity. Acceptance And Commitment Therapy (ACT)