Values, attitudes, beliefs and behaviors

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c. Choosing after thoughtful consideration. Committed to choose even after thoughtful consideration of the consequences of each alternative.

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d. Prize the decision. Confident, satisfied, and happy with the influence of your decision.

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e. Affirming. Satisfied and convinced enough to be willing to influence others with your choice.

f. Acted upon. Acting or doing something with the choice. Values are held mentally and emotionally, and the actions they produce really “speak louder than words.”
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  1. Repeated. Acting repeatedly, in some pattern of life.

7. A value does not have to meet all criteria’s to be important or meaningful in our lives. Some values are more important or can change with circumstances. However, if your value meets all seven areas, it’s considered a full value and most likely has been and will continue to be a cornerstone in your life; good and bad!

DISCUSSION POINT: Have students to explain how values may be different from other people’s values, and that you are not necessarily trying to change the other person’s values.


  • Attitudes about worth

  • Influence behavior

  • Cornerstones of who we are

1. Values. Values are attitudes about the worth or importance of people, concepts, or things. Values influence your behavior because you use them to decide between alternatives. Values, attitudes, behaviors and beliefs are cornerstones of who we are and how we do things. They form the basis of how we see ourselves as individuals, how we see others, and how we interpret the world in general.

2. Values influence our priorities. Strong values are what we put first, defend most, and want least to sacrifice. This is why there are occasions when our values conflict. As and example; Lets say you incorrectly report a patrol checkpoint in the process of hurrying through a timed land navigation test. Because of your reputation in land nav skills, your self-interest might conflict with moral courage as you attempt to rationalize through the problem. In this situation, your values on truth and self-interest will collide. What you value the most will guide your actions. In this example, the proper course of action is obvious. There are times, however, when the right course of action is not so clear.

DISCUSSION POINT: Ask the students to identify some values from their badges and how they correlate with the process of their socialization.

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