Every day, every one of us meets life situations that call for thought, decision-making, and action. Everything we do, every decision we make, and course of action we take, is based on our consciously or unconsciously held beliefs and values. We know focus, so now, what are values? Why do they shape our behaviors and influence our every decision in the long-term?
The Bhagavad Gita Perspective
The Bhagavad Gita says that human beings should practice three fundamental core values: Satchitanand -- 1) Sat means living a life with honesty and carrying truth everywhere; 2) Chit means living a life to gain knowledge; and 3) Anand means living life happily. Krishna said that only these three values are necessary to live a complete life. Practicing these three values will give you complete happiness and fulfillment, requiring nothing else to live a happy life.
For example: Gandhi followed The Bhagavad Gita and only carried these three values, apart from patriotic values he had for nation and self. He lived with truth and always tried to gain knowledge. He never tried to accumulate any wealth or accommodate other materialistic values.
Values are the basis for ethical or moral actions we take to reach our goals and live a good life. Values are emotional states that, based on our life experience, we believe are the most important for us to experience. There are two types of values: Means values and Ends values. Emotions like love, happiness, success, security, and adventure are described as Ends values. Means values are simply vehicles or instruments to achieve our ultimate outcomes. Means values are behaviors to achieve the Ends values. The ultimate goal of life is to know what you’re really after: your Ends values. First thing to consider with values is, Value Yourself. Let’s see what this means.
Value Yourself First
Valuing yourself has two potential elements: First is self-acceptance and the other is self-love. Let’s see what self-acceptance is. You have feelings about yourself physically, intellectually, socially, and emotionally. You have an opinion about your abilities in music, athletics, art, writing, and so on. You may fail or you may not like your behavior sometimes, but that has nothing to do with your self-value. Everyone makes mistakes, everyone fails, but that doesn’t reduce his/her value at all. So accept yourself all the time, and believe in your ability to achieve greatness ethically. Thus you will