How Values Serve As Your GPS

by Miles Mettler

Wouldn’t it be great if, when you started making poor choices, you were able to depend on something or someone to give you a course correction? It would be similar to a Global Positioning System (GPS).

You’re about to do or say something to someone you care about that would damage your relationship, but you stop yourself just in time. Or, you decide to skip another workout, but find yourself putting on your gym shoes, instead.

It would be as if you had your personal GPS guiding you and your choices. As you’ve most likely experienced, you can depend on your GPS to get you where you want to go, even if its someplace you’ve never been before.


But to do so, there are a few things you must do:

  1. Know and enter your coordinates that align with your destination
  2. Start driving in the direction of your target
  3. Listen to the voice and follow directions
  4. When you make a wrong turn, get back on course asap
  5. Have confidence that, if you keep focused on your destination, you'll arrive.

Did you know you already have built-in GPS? It's called your values. Much like a GPS guides your car trips, your values can serve as your internal GPS to guide your life choices and daily decisions.

In order for it to work, there are a few things you must do:

  1. Know and identify your values that align with your purpose
  2. Start living a life and making choices that are reflective of your values
  3. Listen to your internal voice and start following it's instruction
  4. When you mess up or get sidetracked, get back on course, asap
  5. Have confidence that, if you keep focused on your values, you'll life a life you are designed to live


Of course, although your GPS is providing you with directions and feedback so you stay on course, you don’t have to follow its feedback. It’s your choice.

In the same way, whether you chose to live a life that is reflective of your values is up to you, as well. Your values are there, providing you with direction and feedback along your journey, but its up to you if you chose to allow them to be your guide

Have you plugged into your internal GPS? If so, trust that it will take you where you’re designed to go. If not, get calibrated. Identify your values and determine if you’re currently living a life that is aligned with and congruent with your values.

Your values serve as your GPS to keep headed in the right direction. You may stray off the map, but at least you have a guide to follow. Its no guarantee you’ll do everything right all the time. But having firm values in place will allow you to self-correct more quickly and stay the course. As a result, you'll save yourself the inevitable pain and heartache (known as consequences) that come with making choices you know are not aligned with your values.

How do your values serve as your GPS?