Do your actions match your values?

We all live by a code of values, whether we know it or not. Values are traits or qualities that you consider worthwhile; they represent your highest priorities and deeply held driving forces. 

Many times we do not really think about our values, they are just there under the surface. Our values have been shaped by many things in our lives. Many of our values were formed in our family of origin. Some of these values may have been good, and depending on your situation, some not so good. These values tend to be the most deeply ingrained and possibly be more difficult to change.

Over the years, our values have been molded by other things around us. Our school classmates, close friends, our spouse, our co-workers, the media, and our culture in general. You’ll have to admit that some of the things that our culture has bombarded us with are not quite the best values to base our lives on.

Things like: success is measured by how much is in your bank account. Or the type of work you do. Or how well your kids do in school and do they go to the right school.

List of positive values

 flexibility, ambition, competency, individuality, equality, integrity, service, accuracy, respect, dedication, diversity, improvement, enjoyment/fun, loyalty, credibility, honesty, innovativeness, teamwork, excellence, accountability, empowerment, quality, efficiency, dignity, collaboration, stewardship, empathy, accomplishment, courage, wisdom, independence, security, challenge, influence, learning, compassion, friendliness, discipline/order, generosity, persistency, optimism, dependability, responsibility

Many of us would adamantly stand up and say that commitment to our family is our highest value, but does your life represent that? Or maybe health and wellness is important to you. Do your daily activities reflect that?

While we can state that our values are one thing, our actions will truly tell where our values lie.

You can change your values

The good news is, you can change your values. They are not set in stone. The key is to become intentional about what you believe in and what is important to you and make choices daily to reflect those values.

Living your values is one of the most powerful tools available to you to help you be the person you want to be, to help you accomplish your goals and dreams, and to help you lead and influence others.

A more complete list of values can be found here.

So what if you life is not lining up with your values, what can you do to change that?

Stay tuned for Part 2!

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6 comments to Do your actions match your values?

  • It is interesting to note that when Isaiah saw the Lord, his own sin and the sin of the people around him became more evident. Something may appear to be the color white until it is compared to something that is a true & brilliant white. If we try to judge our values on anything but the character and word of God, we are measuring them by a substandard. The Bible admonishes us to be transformed by the renewing of our mind. This happens when we are convicted of something and then we continually ask the Lord to transform us more and more into the image and likeness of Christ. The beauty of it all is that God desires to transform us and fill us with His good things. A good tree bears good fruit. As we walk in the Spirit, the fruit of the Spirit will continue to push out of us the dead things in our lives so that God’s beautiful fruit can bud and blossom from us. God wants to know us so intimately and commune with us so deeply that His transforming life and power begins to control not only our values, but even our motives, thoughts, and intentions. May we surrender ourselves fully to Him and become all that He has created us to be!

  • Nellie B.

    I’ve been living up with most of the values I have but there are really times that I can’t strictly follow them because of isolated events. If your values don’t match your actions, does that make you a worse person?

    Thanks for the list of positive values above!

    -Nellie
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  • Pettina26

    Speaking of values, I’m always thinking of it… because every decision i make it brings a feed back in my culture.
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  • Liz

    I really love your blogs, I agree that when you do your action you have to match with your values.
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  • Rain16

    Every time i’m dealing with every action I’m always reminding my self through my values, Because my values must reflect in my personality.

  • Rain16

    I think its just natural that do sometimes we forget our values in every decision we made.
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