If you are looking to amass a fortune, it’s necessary to think about and define your personal value system.
If you don’t know what your values are, it’s hard to create a solid vision for your future. If you don’t have a vision, you can’t break it down into smaller actionable steps, namely goals.
Conversely, if you know what your values are, you can begin to create a vision for yourself. If you have a vision, you can set meaningful goals that you can work towards on a daily basis.
In other words, you need to know what your values are if you want your life to count. You need to know what makes you tick if you want to develop into a meaningful specific rather than a wandering generality.
The truth of the matter is that you already operate out of your personal values on a daily basis, whether you know it or not. However, it’s hard to be specific about life unless you’ve acknowledged what they are. Knowing what your values are will help you to make decisions that are more in-line with your personal beliefs.
Creating a value system is not about legalism or inflexibility; your values may change throughout your life. Even so, they can anchor you in difficult times. They can stabilize you when you aren’t sure where life is taking you.
Different people value different things, and that’s perfectly okay. Your list of values will probably look different than someone else’s. However, there are some fundamental values that every person should consider adopting; especially if they wish to be successful.
One of those values is integrity. People that are accountable to themselves, their friends, their neighbors, and their spouses or significant others are trustworthy. People that always tell the truth – even when it hurts – can be counted on to tell the truth when it really matters. People who can be trusted will be given more opportunities.
Another important value is persistence. Goals take time to achieve. Anything worthwhile takes considerable effort. If you want to be successful, you will have to persist in your undertakings.
These are just a couple examples of values you might adopt as your own. Other common values might include commitment, creativity, discipline, excellence, faith, family, freedom, hard work, loyalty, and so forth.
As you consider what your values are, it may feel as though you are trying to create a company or mission statement. In a way, that’s true. You are defining who you are so that you can act in accordance with what you truly believe. You are discovering what is truly important to you.
Understanding your personal drives is incalculably important. When you know what motivates you, creating success will come much easier. You won’t have to be told to work; you will do it because you know why you are doing it. You will do it because you’ve committed to it.