Why Our Values are so Important to Us

By Greg Keenan | Motivational Peak Performance

May 31
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In the fast and crazy pace of the world we currently live in we are now starting to question what is going on around us. Are we losing our values?

In the past we just got on with life, now we are beginning to question the hours we work, making sure we have a work life balance, maintain a healthy lifestyle and improve on our financial situation.

Our primary principles and our way of life are strongly controlled by our values. The values that we hold so true to ourselves help to motivate and direct us in the tasks and challenges that we face on a daily bases.

Values are one of the key foundations that support our beliefs and the identities and connections we hold within ourselves and those around us. In order to be at our best peak performance, whether that be in health, wealth or life we must appreciate and understand not only our own values, however the values of those around us.

What we value is said to determine what life means to us and the actions that we may or may not take. Within our own circle of life we often share the same values as our friends and family so we find it easy to behave and react the way we do. However, often when we start to mix with other groups that have different value systems this is where conflicts and doubts can start to occur.

If we don’t respect the values of ourselves and others this may lead to stress coming in to our lives and disbelief in ourselves and what we can or cannot achieve. On the opposite side if we honour our values we will be able to be at our best and perform our best and achieve the goals most valuable to us through work, health and life.

What we value is said to determine what life means to us and the actions that we may or may not take. If we don’t respect the values of ourselves and others this may lead to stress coming on to our lives and disbelief in ourselves and what we can achieve.

Where do our values come from?

Values are often linked to our identity, belief and are often linked to an unconscious level. These unconscious levels often come from our family, background, teaches, peers and are developed and grown as we start to develop in ourselves.

How to deal with different core values?

We can sometimes feel like our CORE VALUES are being dishonoured when people for example are communicating to us. It is important to remember that words can be interpreted in different ways, so what might seem disrespectful to you is actually fine to someone else according to their values.

A truly successful person is one that is able to inspire those around them and work on a collective value system to benefit both parties. We are certainly not saying to back down on your own beliefs and values, however it is important to understand the other person before making judgement.

What can happen if we don’t live up to our values?

We may feel unfulfilled with life and can experience disappointment and even emptiness, even though to those around us we can appear outwardly successful and happy.

Hence, the importance of harnessing the values to goals can be a powerfully motivating force to achieving your ultimate, work, health and lifestyle goals.

Below are a set of questions to help you to understand and identify your own values and beliefs to achieve your ultimate work, health and lifestyle goals.

What is important to you?

What is your goal?

What is important about this goal?

What do l treasure or value about this goal?

What meaning does this goal have for me?

In summary

Understanding the importance our values have on our life is fundamental to achieving your goals. Values have a strong influence on the way we operate in life as well as the way we are seen and perceived by others.

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About the Author

My life has taken a different turn but for the better after recovering from cancer in 2014. I have taken this opportunity to do the things I love and that is sharing my passion and knowledge. I have represented NZ at swimming. Made companies here in NZ and in London millions of dollars through sales and marketing. I have travelled around the world for 7 years. I've seen, worked for and been with some of the greatest entrepreneurs on the planet, Tony Robbins, Richard Branson and Richard Rothschild. With the right mind-set you can achieve anything, but you have to be prepared to work for it, nothing comes on a plate.