Our Moral Compass: What We Value Helps Our Decision Making

“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.”

Roy E. Disney

    Responsible decision making is often times one of the more difficult competencies in Social Emotional Learning for children and adults to master. Decisions can be as simple as what to wear for school, what to eat first thing in the morning or can be much more difficult like deciding when to take greater risks in life or when to say “I will” be able to do something new instead of saying “I’ll try.”

I know for myself this has been one that I have struggled with from time to time and its not so much the responsibility piece as it is making sure it is in the best interest in the people I serve: coworkers, friends and especially my family. I am one who is my own worst critic and never want to disappoint. I have come to realize that if we expect our children to be more vulnerable we need to model this ourselves. No matter how hard I’ve tried to avoid disappointing someone else or even myself with a decision I’ve made it is bound to happen now and then and it is really an impossible expectation I put on myself which leads towards unnecessary strife.

For today’s quote the bottom line is this… if we focus on what we value in our lives and remember them as we make certain decisions it will help make this process less cumbersome. For example, some of my values are being authentic, honest, loyal, trustworthy and empathetic. So when having to make a difficult decision I rely on these and some other values in order to make the best decision possible while serving in the best interest of all parties involved. If it works out, great, if it doesn’t, tomorrow is another day to get it right. You just need to maintain a growth mindset.

What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards continuing to foster your responsible decision making skills?

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