Values become beliefs. Beliefs become behavior. People may say values are pointless and some might say defining them is a waste of your time. However, when you stop to reflect, it is clear that all meaningful and lasting change and accomplishments in the world occur because someone acted on positive values and beliefs. Your values and beliefs can help you step higher or drop lower.
When someone raises their level of expectation for themselves, it is most likely due to an internal value system or belief system that they hold. The values that count are the standards you hold yourself to when no one else is looking. Doing the minimum is not enough when you have values that you consciously use as your behavior guide. It is the core values you choose to live by that compel you to do better or allow you to slide into indifference (Richmond, 1999).
Advancements in personal life and in the world are made when someone says; this isn’t good enough and I’m going to do it better. Through pursuing your dream of changing things for the better in your life and in the world around you, your passion for life grows, and improved personal character and lasting fulfillment are achieved. Values and beliefs can guide you on your journey to abstinence and to achieving meaningful life goals.