Let's examine the benefits of living a value aligned life.
It helps us to determine what is important to us. Our values keep us focused on things that matter and guide decision making. For example, our values will determine what things to pay attention to from the conversations we engage in with friends. As a result, anything else that is against personal goals is not given room to influence us. This further determines the way we respond as we interact with others. The importance of what we do, see or hear should depend on how it draws us closer to what we want to be. Our choice of what jobs, friends, and hobbies to have must be based on our values.
Staying true to ourselves and experiencing genuine happiness. When we do things that are aligned with who we really are, we are not under pressure to please others. We do not feel the need to try and fit in or make sacrifices for the sake of social status. We know what we are doing and why, which gives us feelings of contentment. Living according to our values also keeps us from doing things that are likely to be regretted in the future. We find life more fulling when we know all we are and all we have was acquired without the need to do anything that is out of character. We do not feel like we owe any human being for it and we do not live in fear of the possibility of our deals coming back to haunt us.
“If you don’t stick to your values when they are being tested, they’re not values, they’re hobbies.” Jon Stewart
Living a life that is in alignment with your values simply means that in our daily lives, we marry our plans or activities with our values. We are not to adjust our values based on what we want to do at a particular point in time. Rather, our daily life should fit into the requirements of our values. Values must only be changed if the adjustments are an improvement.
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