The Importance of Values Alignment to Performance at Work
Whatever you think about Ayn Rand, it’s hard to argue with her idea that happiness is living in alignment with our values.
achievement of your happiness is the only moral purpose of your life, and that happiness, not pain or mindless self-indulgence, is the proof of your moral integrity, since it is the proof and the result of your loyalty to the achievement of your values.
I Did It My Way
Values relate to our core beliefs about life and ultimately act as internal measures about how our life is going, and whether we need to take corrective action.
When we’re not living in accordance with our values, it feels like something is broken. We can feel more tension in the body. We are more susceptible to bouts of anxiety, sadness, and depression.
When we are living in accordance with our values, things seem to flow like water. We will still face difficulty, but we’ll do so in alignment with our core selves, so weathering the storm becomes easier.
It’s as Frank Sinatra sang:
Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all, when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all, and I stood tall
And did it my way
Sinatra lived in accordance with his values, and despite its challenges, he could look back with few regrets, and smile.
A Note on Inherited Values
Now, for the purpose of this article, we’ll put aside where those values came from.
It is likely that many of your values were simply bestowed upon you by family, friends, and society, and you may have never challenged them.