Our value statement describe our priorities, desires, represent our believes and what we regard as actually “worth fighting for”. Our value statement primarily drives our philosophy of life and determines our GPS. Values are traits or qualities that we considered worthwhile; and represent our highest priorities in life and deeply held driving (i.e. key conative) forces.
Our value statements are grounded in our personal value system and define how we act and behave. It is a statement about how we value ourselves, others, our environment (i.e. all of creation) and the community in which we operate. Our value statement fundamentally describe our actions, which are the living enactment of the fundamental values held dear by us. Our values form the cornerstones for all we do and accomplish. We tend to base most of our choices and actions in life on the top 10 - 15 most important priority values that we hold dear.
However, we must exercise extreme care that we do not confuse values with what is important aspects of our lives. What is important in our lives, cannot be regarded as values, for example… family, church and professionalism. When we define what we value most about each of these, then we are identifying our real values. For instance… the real value in the family might be close relationships; in the church, spirituality and in work, staying on top of new technological advancements.
The following are some examples of possible values… ambition, competency, individuality, equality, integrity, service, responsibility, accuracy, respect, dedication, diversity, improvement, enjoyment/fun, loyalty, credibility, honesty, innovativeness, cooperation, excellence, accountability, empowerment, quality, efficiency, dignity, collaboration, stewardship, empathy, accomplishment, courage, wisdom, independence, security, challenges, influence, learning, compassion, friendliness, discipline/order, generosity, persistence, optimism, dependability, flexibility, …etc.
Our value statement is our declaration of intention (i.e. our ethics) of meeting our environmental engagements, social obligations and which directs our individual responsibilities within the context of our group accountability. A sound and clearly defined value statement gives meaning to both our vision & mission statements, and also provide purpose and value to our legacy statement.