“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. Live your values visibly every day at work and at home. Don’t waste your best opportunity to make a difference.”
--Susan M. Heathfieldmanagement consultant
What do your choices say about you? What do your actions reveal?
What you say and do should reflect your personal standards and beliefs that affirm and acknowledge God’s own spark within you, and that are born of common sense and lead to the common good.
These values are the mental checklist that you review when making decisions, or when choosing what to do, what to say, or how to relate to others, whether it’s at home, on the job or in your community.
Your faith, environment and education, as well as your family and friends, are key elements in developing the qualities you consider essential.
Some of these may change over your lifetime. But core values, the critical elements in decision-making and day-to-day actions, usually remain the same. Your list would probably include traits like courage, compassion, respect, honesty, responsibility, accountability, collaboration and dedication – as well as good morals, a solid ethical base for your personal integrity.
In the final analysis, it’s all about love – loving God, your neighbor and yourself. If your values reflect that love, then, that no matter what you do, you’ll be far more likely to stick with your standards and make your values matter.
“The media makers of tomorrow are in our pews, in our classrooms, and in our living rooms right now, and if we want to make a difference we have to help teach them critical thinking and human dignity – today!” --Sister Rose Pacatte, FSPDirector, PaulineCenter for Media Studies
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