We need to work through the best way to situate our values in action – how we make specific choices about what we will and will not do according to the principles established in our core beliefs and moral code.
Your values are only useful to the extent you commit to applying them in your life. You will need to work through the best way to locate, value and situate your values in action – how you make specific choices about what you will and will not do according to the principles established in your core beliefs and moral code.
This level of commitment requires you to learn to believe in yourself, your strengths and how to stand by them. It is important to feel confident in yourself in a non-judgmental setting – you need to have a healthy relationship with your external world – the people around you and the expectations they set for you and others in your life – to embark on this process of growth.
Your weaknesses are your weaknesses. They exist and you should not punish yourself about them. Over time, if you can, you should adopt new approaches and techniques to turn weaknesses into strengths and employ them to generate benefit for both you and others. At a School for tomorrow. we have learnt most of your solutions and successes will come from your strengths when they align with the values at the core of your being.
The process begins with an inward investigation and flows into an outward interrogation of the world around you. Therefore, the best starting point is identifying your own best character strengths – the knowledge, skills, dispositions, and habits that equip, empower, and enable you for growth, progress, and success. You will need to build a framework to align your values with your actions through your strengths. Use the following questions to help you:
"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."
The development and the mastery of putting your values in action is a lifelong process of how we learn, live, lead, and work. You can think about translating values into action in each of these four competencies in the following fashion:
When you learn, you act in accordance with values that connect you to a sense of hope and a desire for the formation of your character:
When you live, you act in accordance with values that situate you in your world with relevance and meaningfulness:
When you lead, you act in accordance with values that allow you to contribute effectively to the progress and wellness of others:
When you work, you act in accordance with values that help you to contribute to the formation of society and the generation of benefit to its members:
You need to know what matters to you. You must come to know yourself, your strengths, and you must believe in your ability to improve. You can always be better at what you do. By setting aside time and developing habits that work towards putting your values in action, you can build your understanding of what needs to happen next and how this might be done in a manner that reflects what you believe is good and right.