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Means & Ends Values.  

What is the difference?

Wikipedia states: In philosophy, the term means to an end refers to any action (the means) carried out for the sole purpose of achieving something else (an end). It can be thought of as a metaphysical distinction, as no empirical information differentiates actions that are means to ends from those that are not—that are "ends in themselves." It has been incurred that all actions are means to other ends; this is relevant when considering the meaning of life. 


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In this course Ends Values refer to your Top 6 Main Values and Means Values refer to the values that have ranked pretty high on your list, but not as high as your top 6.  They are your Supporting Values.  You'll find that they usually support or compliment the Top 6 Main Values.  

Take some time to consider which Means/Support Values support which Ends/Main Values.  

Now, take a moment to download the blank My Values chart below by clicking the “Download File” button.  Write your Ends/Main Values in the green section and your Means/Supporting Values in the Means columns.  To visually organize your values, you can use a different color font to match each of the Ends Values to the associated Means Values as shown in the example below.

The image below is a sample to demonstrate how a student color coded their chart.


Now what? What do you do with this chart?

I encourage you to keep a copy anywhere you spend a lot of time.  One next to your bed, one at work, anywhere you may have a few free minutes throughout the day because you will want to review your values at least once per day.  This practice will imbed the values into your thoughts so when you are faced with a decision, they will be in the forefront so you will be more likely to make the choice that supports your values more.  This is when life becomes more fulfilling because we are supporting what means the most to us and keeping life and circumstances in alignment with our core beliefs.


How do you feel now that you have organized your values?

What has come up for you during this process?