How to Develop Personal Values

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How to Develop Personal Values
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Personal values represent beliefs directing one's behaviours and personal decisions, such as not getting drunk or engaging in regular exercise. People's everyday choices, where they work, what they do and who they associate with, are strongly linked to their personal values. Developing personal values, therefore, is crucial to a person's development and can be fostered by defining and implementing them into your everyday life. You can gain a better understanding of yourself as a person.

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  1. 1

    Define the values you wish to develop. For instance, if you chose to develop honesty, what do you personally mean by honesty? What does honesty mean to you? Define honesty in your vision.

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    Create a checklist after defining your values. Dissect and compile guidelines based around those values. Using honesty from Step 1, for example, create your list with four or five tasks based on honesty. They could be: 1. I will never lie to anyone. 2. I will be completely honest in my dealings with people. 3. I will never steal from anyone. 4. I will maintain my integrity. Write these steps on paper and keep them in a safe place.

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    Slowly begin implementing these guidelines into your everyday life. Start with one guideline per month and commit to it until it becomes natural to you. Do the same with your other guidelines, incorporating them one step at a time. Do no more than four or five guidelines per month. Know that while you can have as many guidelines for your values as you desire, sticking to four or five per month is easier to implement. Review your actions at the end of each month and check for places to improve.

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