What Are Your Standards of Behavior

The definition of value is “A person's principles or standards of behavior; one's judgment of what is important in life.” Your standards of behavior are crucial in deciding how to live your life, who you will be, what type of work will inspire you and what relationships you will seek.

You have an idea of what is essential in your life, but you spend most of your day on automatic. When you unconsciously move from task to task, you are operating based on someone else’s judgments. Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi explains:

Your beliefs become your thoughts, Your thoughts become your words, Your words become your actions, Your actions become your habits, Your habits become your values, Your values become your destiny.

What if you had a list of values? What if you chose five? What if you live those values every day for 30 days? The list is borrowed from author James Clear:

  • Authenticity
  • Achievement
  • Adventure
  • Authority
  • Autonomy
  • Balance
  • Beauty
  • Boldness
  • Compassion
  • Challenge
  • Citizenship
  • Community
  • Competency
  • Contribution
  • Creativity
  • Curiosity
  • Determination
  • Fairness
  • Faith
  • Fame
  • Friendships
  • Fun
  • Growth
  • Happiness
  • Honesty
  • Humor
  • Influence
  • Inner Harmony
  • Justice
  • Kindness
  • Knowledge
  • Leadership
  • Learning
  • Love
  • Loyalty
  • Meaningful Work
  • Openness
  • Optimism
  • Peace
  • Pleasure
  • Poise
  • Popularity
  • Recognition
  • Religion
  • Reputation
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Security
  • Self-Respect
  • Service
  • Spirituality
  • Stability
  • Success
  • Status
  • Trustworthiness
  • Wealth
  • Wisdom

Once you decided on what values resonate ask yourself, “How do I practice these values today?” Let that question simmer and inspire you to take massive action.