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
- 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.
How to Create a Life Purpose Statement
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