Your values determine the choices you make and the behavior you exhibit. When you find you are working too hard to make it by, you could be in survival mode. Perhaps you are in an environment where you are required to uphold values that conflict with your own. You may continue because the repercussions of quitting call forth too many demons in your mind. If that is the case, that is valuable knowledge. For then, you can take conscious action that leads back to honoring your own values.