Episode 32: Using Core Values to Guide You Through Life Decisions


Episode 32: Using Core Values to Guide You Through Life Decisions

We know companies and organizations have values, but how do we as individuals identify, cultivate and live out core values. Let’s start with a definition…

What are core values?

  • A Guide: help you navigate life, making decisions that align with who you are deep down
  • A Gauge: measure success. At the end of life, what will you be proud of
  • A Code of Conduct: driving your daily life in all areas

How to discover your core values

  • Consider your proudest moments - what was happening and how were you feeling?
  • The reverse approach is to think of what is most frustrating to you. The things that impact you to the core are strong indicators of what you value.
  • What do you want people to see in your life?
    • When you reflect back at the end of your time, beyond the achievements, what do you hope people remember about you?
  • There are numerous lists of words to help you choose your core values. Try doing it without a list first. Try this LIST to get started.
  • Narrow it down to 5-7 values. If you get stuck, start comparing values and eliminate them as necessary. 

Healthy living through recognizing and adhering to values

  • When we are living according to our values, we find fulfillment.
  • Core values inspire you to be the best version of yourself and contribute to the world - that’s your family, your office, your church, your community
  • Help you get unstuck - in relationships, work, family

How to increase alignment with your core values

  • Read books
  • Integrate daily practices like the rhythm guide from Uncover Your Purpose
  • Set goals (short and long term)
  • Make your goals specific to your values

Wrap Up

  • Core values can change over time - different seasons of life, personal growth
  • Identifying and owning your values will put you in your zone 
  • Everything you need to be awesome in this life - being a parent, a healthy partner in a relationship or friendship, an entrepreneur or boss - is already inside you. With some effort and commitment you can keep digging deeper to uncover all the potential inside you.

Resources

How to Create a Life Purpose Statement

https://www.uncoveryourpurpose.com/why-do-personal-core-values-matter/

60 Core values to start with

Rhythm - choose your top 5-7 and assign each one to a day of the week to focus on

https://scottjeffrey.com/personal-core-values/