I recently read a blog post that made me think for the first time about the difference between your core beliefs and core values.
In the article, Core Beliefs and Self-Acceptance, core beliefs are defined as basic beliefs about ourselves, other people, and the world we live in. The article further states core beliefs are things we hold as absolute truths deep down.
The thing is that our “true self” can contain some core beliefs that can hurt us in the long term. Think about raising with some parents that always told you you’re not good enough. What core belief do you think you’ll develop over the years? That you’re not good enough. You can end up rejecting some great things because you believe you’re not good enough to receive them.Cited from Blog: Pointless Overthinking, Questioning – The Path to a Better Knowledge
In the article, What Are Your Values – Deciding What’s Most Important in Life, personal core values are defined as the things you believe are important in the way you live and work.
When the things that you do and the way you behave match your values, life is usually good – you’re satisfied and content. But when these don’t align with your personal values, that’s when things feel… wrong. This can be a real source of unhappiness.Cited from Mindtools article
Comparing and contrasting the two lead me to summarize that one can be guided by both their beliefs and their values. If their beliefs are harmful to the author it will conflict with their values. Herein lies a major personal conflict of which I am very familiar. For example, I have had positions in my career that did not serve my values well, but I believed that I had to make a living and any job was better than none. I know better now.
What core beliefs have you had that conflict with your core values? Please comment and share below.