By asking the question how do we determine our values? It means you have already taken a step in the right direction to bring about the changes you need in life. Values are determined by a variety of factors, including upbringing, personal experiences, and cultural influences. They help us determine what is right and wrong and give us a sense of purpose and direction, and creating value is one of the most important things you can do with your life.

Let’s create some values, and then some value for yourself, as well as those around you!

What is value?


What are values?

The first thing we can determine is that:

All value and values are subjective

Meaning that without being influenced by personal feelings, upbringing, or opinions

No relationship, good, or service has any intrinsic value.

Subjectivity is one of the most crucial concepts in the world and in fact when we start our lives, everything is subjective. It’s only once we mature past the point of self-absorption that we realize we are able to decide what we value and how to determine those values.

Let’s explore how this is determined and find out what is really important!

How de we determine our values?
You get to decide what you value!

How do we determine our values?

Values are the principles or standards that guide our actions and decisions. They are the things that are most important to us and help us determine what is right and wrong. Values are an essential part of who we are, and they shape our behavior and our relationships with others. They give us a sense of purpose and direction and help us to live meaningful and fulfilling lives.

The way our values are determined can be broken into two categories :

First up, we’ll look at:

Are our values randomly determined?
Life starts with a roll of the die

Circumstantial influences

When you open your eyes for the first time, you have no idea where you are or who you are. You are born into a set of circumstances you have no control over, and from that moment, you are enveloped by the process of learning and adapting to the things, people, events, and society around you.

Some of us are born into circumstances of abundance living full and happy lives, while others open their eyes for the first time only to close them for the last time a few moments later, never getting to experience any more existence than those fleeting moments.

Let’s explore:

10 examples of circumstantial factors that determine values

These are only some of the examples of circumstantial influences that determine the shape according to which we mold our values.

However, they are not the most important factor in determining what our values are, despite the circumstances we are born into, we have the option to choose how we determine our values

How do we determine our values?

The influence of choice on value

In the previous section we discussed the circumstantial influences on values, while important, most of those factors are something we have no control over. there is another major type of influence that we have yet to explore, the influence of personal choice and the way we react to the things that happen to us.

Two people may experience the same sequence of events, however, react to them in completely different ways. The difference in the reaction can lead to vastly different results. The essence of personal choice is one of personal accountability, which leads us to the conclusion that if we cut out comparison, that:

This doesn’t mean that no bad things ever happen to good people, simply that there is no fairness in comparison, and even the act of trying to compare puts you in the role of a victim, instead of the proactive role of the person making the choice.

The nature of personal choice in the context of determining your values is one of accountability,

Iit is the act of shaking off the mantle of “victim mentality” and taking full ownership of the way you have chosen to react to events and circumstances around you.

This also just happens to be a cornerstone principle of self-development!

With that in mind, let’s look at:

10 ways to determine your own values

Determining personal values is very much about finding out what is important to you and then working towards that.

Pick the right values!

And set the right goals!

The two go hand in hand and will make an incredible difference in your journey! We have a great article on setting achievable personal goals that will help you steer yourself in the direction you want to be going!

Remember that it’s about the happiness of pursuit, not the pursuit of happiness!

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