The power of values-based decisions
Life is a series of decisions. Eating broccoli instead of pudding is a decision. The same goes for hitting the snooze button, hitting the gym, or stealing office supplies. Decisions are a dance with short-term benefits and long-term value.
You make decisions all day. The problem is the values.
Values-based decisions include:
- Choosing an electric vehicle even when charging is slower than pumping gas.
- Donate money to non-profit organizations.
- Listening to a child’s story even when you want calm.
- Serving people when it seems easier to exploit them.
Timely decisions respond to immediate needs. It’s fitting to live next door to Joe’s Pizza if you love pizza. We live 20 minutes from the nearest pizzeria because we enjoy country living, not because it’s convenient.
Decisions based on values:
The decision to tax gasoline consumers and subsidize solar panels reflects values-based decision-making by government.
Timely decisions bring immediate benefits. Values-based decisions reflect long-term benefit. Fast food satisfies your need for speed, but you choose a fresh salad and yogurt for long-term benefit.
Values allow you to prioritize and set limits.
Values-based decisions free us even when they are not timely. You might choose to earn less money to spend more time with your children, for example.
You can’t make good life decisions until you know who you are.
Values-based decisions reflect internal attraction. Timely decisions are responses to external pressures.
You choose what YOU want when you live by values, even when it makes life difficult. For example, when you value service, you are choosing meaning over ease. Serving is rarely convenient. It’s a matter of the heart.
How do opportunism and values guide decisions in your world?
An exciting book on decision making: Think, fast and slow.