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Values-Based Decision-Making

The shift from conscious-belief based decision-making to values-based decision-making is not easy. You have to individuate (establish yourself at the transformation level of consciousness), and develop a self-authoring mind before you can make this leap: you need to become viable and independent (physically and emotionally) in your framework of existence before values-based decision-making is fully and naturally available to you.

The reason why the shift from belief-based decision-making to values-based decision-making requires individuation is because prior to individuation we make meaning of our world through our beliefs—and most of these beliefs are associated with our personal and cultural upbringing. The process of individuation involves examining these beliefs and letting go of the ones that don’t serve you. In the process of reflecting on these beliefs, you develop a new guidance system based on your deeply held values. Values are the universal guidance system of the soul, whereas beliefs are the context related guidance system of the ego. When you shift to values-based decision-making, you can effectively throw away your rule books. Every decision you make is sourced by what is deeply meaningful to you.

Values-based decision-making allows you to create a future that resonates deeply with who you really are. It creates the conditions that allow authenticity and integrity to flourish. That is not to say there is no place for conscious belief-based decision-making based on logic or rational thinking. There is. However, all the critical decisions you need to make should be able to pass the values test.

The main features of values-based decision-making are:

  • Thought precedes action—you reflect on the values that you believe will allow you to get your needs met and make decisions accordingly.
  • The decisions that are made are not based on past experiences. They are based on the future you want to create.
  • You are in control of our action and behaviours.
  • You can consult with others to support and enhance your decision-making.

You make values-based decisions so that you can consciously create the future we want to experience. For example, if you value trust, then you make decisions that allow you to display trust. If you value accountability, then you make decisions that allow you to display accountability.


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Chapter 6: Understanding Decision-making (Values-based Decision-making)