One of the things that a lot of goal setting gurus spew out like so much vomit is "values". "Write down your values and from that comes your goals," these Tony Robbins wannabes sputter.
In theory, I agree. BUT, I also see that the bible (a book chock ful of some darned good values) has been used to support some really terrible things from white supremacy to unnumerable wars to slavery (interesting that both sides of the slavery issue were using the bible to support their side)
Ditto the constitution (values...can be used to mean anything).
My day job is as a coordinator for a fellowship program. Our accrediting body has come up with 6 core competencies which are supposed to guide us like gentle sheep into the highly bulletted fray of education.
Instead -- what the competency buzz words have done (and I fear the same for values) is made them become a bumper sticker that we slap on everything the fellow does from research on how to cure heart disease to his own bowel movements.
Now, admittedly as a joke, I wrote this as an faux educational improvement -- but this is so much like all of the real ones, it's a bit scary...read the paragraph below and I'll be back in a second:
Through the purchase of a new ‘Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation’ System, the audiovisual component of the Cardiac Catheterization Conference has been greatly enhanced, leading to continual elucidation of visual clarity in cardiac cath films, thereby magnifying educational models and improving patient outcomes.
Okay, it's back to me again. Any guesses what that was? We bought a laser pointer. My point (or..heheh...my pointer) is this - I can justify anything as fitting into my 'values' because of the training I've had here for electrocuting activities with buzz words that only fit tangentially.
Is that the point?
Only if one of your values is BS....