Written By: Donna Thompson, PhD.

“Integrity is not so much a value in itself; it is rather the value that guarantees all the other values.“ Anonymous

Your core values govern the way you live and the way you respond to life. They govern the way you react to situations that present themselves. They govern the way you react to your friends and to your non-friends. You can consciously act outside of your values – but your true values are still there at your core. Your values act like a compass that set your direction initially and then keep you heading in the right direction over time. Your values represent your authentic self.

If you are not a generally aware person, your values can sometimes be more apparent to others than to yourself. If you are more in touch with your values, you can make conscious decisions by applying your values in real time to assess the right course of action. You can judge by the way you feel about the immediate decision itself and about the downstream consequences of the action.

Three- Step Call to Action:

1. Identify five core values that are very important to you.
2. Articulate how you live those values.
3. Consider how those values define your character – either who you are or who you want to become.

Just Say No to the Status QuoTM


Tags: authentic self, conscious decisions

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