Values - Doing Right Things For Right Reasons

Values represent basic convictions that a specific mode of conduct is personally and socially preferable to an opposite mode of conduct. The elements that are not in form of convictions are pretty things. Conviction is a strong belief about a particular mode of conduct that guides a behavior. On the basis of this, we judge what is right or wrong. Values are highly ingrained in a person which are applied consistently irrespective of the type of situations.

Test Whether You Values Are Right.

Because of ambiguity that prevails in any society about judging whether people’s values are right or wrong, people are not very sure what values are right and what values are wrong. Often values and practices are mixed together. With the result, people are not clear what are values and what are practices. Values are your convictions about a particular aspect of a social phenomenon and these convictions go deep in your mind, Practices are your overt behavior (behavior that can be observed by others.) Practices are influenced by your values and not vice versa. On the basis of these practices, others judge whether your values are right or wrong. You can judge your own values too. While judging your own values, put the following questions to yourself and give their answers honestly

Do your values conform to your conscience? Your conscience puts you in touch with something within yourself deeper than your thoughts; it is your inner self.
Do your values match with those of high achievers in your field or role model persons that you have in mind to shape your behavior?
Are your values likely to contribute for betterment of your profession in particular and society in general?
If the answers of the above questions are yes, your values are right. If the answer of any of the question is negative, check your values yourself again and reshape these rightly.

The world is full of people that have stopped listening to themselves or have listened only their neighbors to learn what they ought to do, how they ought to behave, and what the values are they should be living for. -  Joseph Campbell