What's the Difference Between Values and Ideals
Let’s get down to it.
Your values focus more on the behaviours that we see as right and wrong (in our eyes).
So what one person might see as an important value, another may not.
The Oxford Dictionary defines values as:
Principles or standards of behaviour; one’s judgement of what is important in life.
So take a quality like honesty. It’s a value many people think is important, and a behaviour that people think is right, where as being dishonest, would be considered wrong.
Ok, so what about Ideals.
Your Ideals are made up of qualities that you aspire to. They are what you strive for and wish to be.
Throughout your life, you’ll have been exposed to many qualities, some that resonate with you, and some that don’t.
Some are from people you admire, some are from experiences you’ve had.
For example, qualities of compassion, courage and forgiveness.
When you sit down and think about what you truly want, you’ll begin to create the ideal you, ideal career, ideal life, that you’re aspiring to.
The definition of ideals is:
A person or thing regarded as perfect. A standard of perfection: a principle to be aimed at.
Now, let’s wrap this up.
So in short, the difference between your true values and your ideals is that your values are what you think of as important or not important, for example honesty. And your ideals what you consider to be a ‘good’ or ‘perfect’ behaviour. What you aspire to be.
So when you are evaluating your life and wanting to make change you can look at your ideals, check if you’re actually living by them, and if you’re not, what’s in your control to change so you can feel more aligned.
When you’re more aligned you’ll feel more confident within yourself, less insecure and less anxious.
Are you living by your ideals and values?
What could you change so that you are?
Tell me your thoughts on the difference between value and ideals and if you’re living by them. I’d love to hear from you!
Peace & Punk