Your Values are the foundation of the results that you get in life, so you want to choose Values which are really important to you, not others.
So why is that important?
If our Values are the foundation of our results it would seem that we constantly get what we Value in life. That is sort of true. We get results that spring up from the things we Value right now. What I mean is that there’s a hierarchy of Values which most of us have. Some are more important than others. In an ideal world, we would not violate greater Values for lesser Values. Generally that’s true. Sometimes, we are selfish and violate Values for selfish reasons or from emotional outbursts. In that moment we Value our true Values less than being greedy or being psychological. We get results from these temporary changes in what’s most important to us, even if we know that it’s not what we ultimately truly Value.
Values Based Success is all about keeping us aware of our Values and living the life that results from those Values. We have to know what the Values are first though. We have to know what kind of life those Values lead to (Vision) and how we would like to get there (Mission). From there we create the Roadmap that gets us into our Vision. That’s our Targets and Action Plans.
All Success and all failure stems from how tightly we align ourselves and our actions with our Values. Examine anyone who is succeeded or failed spectacularly. Successes are totally and radically aligned with their Values. They know them. Failures may know their Values although not likely. Or they allow other people’s Values be their base. Or they choose negative Values over positive Values. Failures do not align their lives and plans with positive Values that they have. Failures often wander without direction exactly because they don’t know and understand their Values.
You might ask, what about people who seem to achieve Success, but are ruthless, unwanted, destructive folks? Great question.
I submit that those types of people may have material or worldly gains, but not true Success. I believe true Success is unique to the person and based on optimistic Values, not negative ones. Negative Values are often ones who have an implied phrase at the end,”at any price.” For instance, wealth (at any cost) or attaining a certain standard of living (at any cost) or dominating a field or market (at any price ). These Values are perverted versions of positive Values.
Any Value which can be expressed in a selfish way or without regard to the harm done to others is a negative Value. We see it in the attitudes that reveal how some people today believe they are inherently better than others. We see it in attitudes that show how some folks take offense at anything no matter how small and are quick to anger and judgement.
Success based on positive Values by default will honor others, pursue results that don’t violate your other Values or violate the rights and dignity of other people. It does not mean we can’t desire to be rich or have a excellent lifestyle. The question is what do you have to do get there? How does that fit in with the things and ideals that are important to you? How do you serve your family, community, colleagues, customers or employees to get there?
That’s what Values Based Success helps you find out. That’s what it keeps you striving for, to be a positive influence in your life, your family’s, you community and in the lives of everyone you meet.