This is part 1 of a series of posts that will be focusing on core values.

Core values are the fundamental beliefs that a person holds. These guiding principals dictate behaviour and help someone determine between right and wrong. Core values are what you as a person stand for. When you’re aware of what you value, you can live in accordance with this. If you’re acting in a way that is in violation of your values, it can cause internal conflict leading to unhappiness. Core values sound important, huh?

Before you can start to live your life in line with your values, you first have to understand exactly what your core values are. It can be hard to determine what your values are just by thinking of them, often reading them from a “menu” help certain values to jump out. Your conscious mind will evaluate the values and help you determine what it is that’s important to you.

The following is a list of common values. For the first activity I want you to pick the values that are important to you. I recommend picking a maximum of 5 – if you have too many if can make it difficult to prioritise.

Here is the list (feel free to add your own also):

Acceptance
Accomplishment
Accountability
Accuracy
Achievement
Adaptability
Alertness
Altruism
Ambition
Amusement
Assertiveness
Attentive
Awareness
Balance
Beauty
Boldness
Bravery
Brilliance
Calm
Candor
Capable
Careful
Certainty
Challenge
Charity
Cleanliness
Clear
Clever
Comfort
Commitment
Common sense
Communication
Community
Compassion
Competence
Concentration
Confidence
Connection
Consciousness
Consistency
Contentment
Contribution
Control
Conviction
Cooperation
Courage
Courtesy
Creation
Creativity
Credibility
Curiosity
Decisiveness
Decisiveness
Dedication
Dependability
Determination
Development
Devotion
Dignity
Discipline
Discovery
Drive
Effectiveness
Efficiency
Empathy
Empower
Endurance
Energy
Enjoyment
Enthusiasm
Equality
Ethical
Excellence
Experience

Exploration
Expressive
Fairness
Family
Famous
Fearless
Feelings
Ferocious
Fidelity
Focus
Foresight
Fortitude
Freedom
Friendship
Fun
Generosity
Genius
Giving
Goodness
Grace
Gratitude
Greatness
Growth
Happiness
Hard work
Harmony
Health
Honesty
Honor
Hope
Humility
Imagination
Improvement
Independence
Individuality
Innovation
Inquisitive
Insightful
Inspiring
Integrity
Intelligence
Intensity
Intuitive
Irreverent
Joy
Justice
Kindness
Knowledge
Lawful
Leadership
Learning
Liberty
Logic
Love
Loyalty
Maturity
Meaning
Motivation
Openness
Optimism
Order
Organization
Originality
Passion
Patience
Peace
Performance
Persistence
Playfulness
Poise
Potential
Power

Present
Productivity
Professionalism
Prosperity
Purpose
Quality
Realistic
Reason
Recognition
Recreation
Reflective
Respect
Responsibility
Restraint
Reverence
Rigor
Risk
Satisfaction
Security
Self-reliance
Selfless
Sensitivity
Serenity
Service
Sharing
Significance
Silence
Simplicity
Sincerity
Skill
Skillfulness
Smart
Solitude
Spirit
Spirituality
Spontaneous
Stability
Status
Stewardship
Strength
Structure
Success
Support
Surprise
Sustainability
Talent
Teamwork
Temperance
Thankful
Thorough
Thoughtful
Timeliness
Tolerance
Toughness
Traditional
Tranquility
Transparency
Trust
Trustworthy
Truth
Understanding
Uniqueness
Unity
Valor
Victory
Vigor
Vision
Vitality
Wealth
Welcoming
Winning
Wisdom
Wonder

 

Once you have picked your 5 values, I want you to think of behaviours you associate with these values. How would you know that a certain value is important to you or someone else? What would they be doing to make it obvious they were behaving in accordance with that value? We need to start taking the idea of values, and putting it into practice in every day life. Use these ideas to start identifying how it is you wish to be behaving. Having an idea of what it looks like in practice will help you enact those behaviours.

Completing this exercise will help prepare you for part 2 of the core values blog series.

Comment below or get in contact to share what values stood out to you and how you’d like those to reflect in your everyday life!

Stay tuned for part 2!

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