The Power of Values-Based Decisions

Life is a series of decisions. Eating broccoli instead of pudding is a decision. So is hitting the snooze button, going to the gym, or stealing office supplies. Decisions are a dance with short-term benefit and long-term value.

You make decisions all day. The issue is values.

Values-based decisions include:

  1. Choosing an electric vehicle even when charging is slower than pumping gas.
  2. Giving money to non-profit organizations.
  3. Listening to a child’s story even when you want quiet.
  4. Serving people when it feels easier to exploit them.
Values-based decisions reflect internal pull. Image of a person in a field of sunflowers with their hands in the air.

Expedient decisions: 

Expedient decisions fulfill immediate needs. It’s expedient to live next to Joe’s Pizza if you love pizza. We live 20 minutes from the closest pizza shop because we value country living, not because it’s expedient.

Values-based decisions:

The decision to tax gas guzzlers and subsidize solar panels reflects values-based decision-making by government.

Expedient decisions provide immediate benefit. Values-based decisions reflect long-term advantage. Fast food satisfies your need for speed, but you choose fresh salad and yogurt for long-term benefit.

Values empower you to prioritize and set boundaries.

Values-based decisions set us free even when they’re not expedient. You might choose to make 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 pull. Expedient 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 choose meaning over ease. Serving is seldom convenient. It’s a matter of the heart.

How are expediency and values driving decisions in your world?

Still curious:

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Making Decisions When the Path is Uncertain and Confusing

Fascinating decision-making book: Think, Fast and Slow.