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Value Your Values

 

 

 

 

 

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When you live in alignment with your values, the quality of your life improves. Your values are a reflection of what makes you, you. At a simplistic level, your values are your brand.

 

Benefits of Understanding Your Values

  • Reduces stress: When you are not living in synch with what is important to you, it’s similar to living in a state of constant conflict.  You are doing one thing but always want to do something else. This can create frustration, anger and eventually stress.

  • Better decision making: When you understand what your core values are, decision making is more straight forward. This does not mean that it will always be easy, but you will know what is right for you.

  • Clear Priority Setting: Understanding your values means that when multiple things are calling for your attention, you are in a better position to determine what takes priority.

 

If you’re not sure how to identify your values, consider those things that make your life meaningful.  When have you been your happiest or most satisfied?  When are you utterly engaged? What are you doing? Who are you with? Chances are whatever that thing was, it was in alignment with your values.

 

If you are not sure what your values are take a look at the exercise below.

 

Exercise 1 - Which Words Feel Right?

Below is a list of 200+ words. Go through the list to choose those words that you feel reflect your values. Once you have done that, condense your list to 20 values. Do this two more times, always halving the number until you come up with 5 values. It will be difficult but try. If you simply can’t imagine not having something on your list, then it reflects one of your core values. Obviously, you can have more than five core values, but the exercise is a great way to identify what’s really important to you.

 

Tip: When considering the list think about what you stand for; what do you choose to chase, defend and more importantly act on? The answer to these questions gives you some insight into what you value.

 

If there is something important to you but it’s not on the list, then add it.

List of Values

Acceptance

Expressive

Poise

Warmth

Accomplishment

Fairness

Positivity

Wealth

Accountability

Family

Potential

Welcoming

Accuracy

Famous

Power

Winning

Achievement

Fearless

Present

Wisdom

Adaptability

Feelings

Productivity

Wonder

Alertness

Ferocious

Professionalism

Worthiness

Altruism

Fidelity

Prosperity

 

Ambition

Fitness

Purpose

 

Amusement

Flexibility

Quality

 

Assertiveness

Focus

Realistic

 

Attentive

Foresight

Reason

 

Awareness

Fortitude

Recognition

 

Balance

Freedom

Recreation

 

Beauty

Friendship

Reflective

 

Boldness

Fun

Reliability

 

Bravery

Generosity

Respect

 

Brilliance

Genius

Responsibility

 

Calm

Giving

Restraint

 

Candor

Goodness

Results-oriented

 

Capable

Grace

Reverence

 

Careful

Gratitude

Rigor

 

Certainty

Greatness

Risk

 

Challenge

Growth

Satisfaction

 

Charity

Happiness

Security

 

Cleanliness

Hard work

Self-reliance

 

Clear

Harmony

Selfless

 

Clever

Health

Sensitivity

 

Comfort

Honesty

Serenity

 

Commitment

Honor

Service

 

Common sense

Hope

Sharing

 

Communication

Humility

Significance

 

Community

Humour

Silence

 

Compassion

Imagination

Simplicity

 

Competence

Improvement

Sincerity

 

Concentration

Independence

Skillfulness

 

Confidence

Individuality

Smart

 

Connection

Innovation

Solitude

 

Consciousness

Inquisitive

Spirit

 

Consistency

Insightful

Spirit of adventure

 

Contentment

Inspiring

Spirituality

 

Contribution

Integrity

Spontaneous

 

Control

Intelligence

Stability

 

Conviction

Intensity

Status

 

Cooperation

Intuitive

Stewardship

 

Courage

Irreverent

Strength

 

Courtesy

Joy

Structure

 

Creation

Justice

Success

 

Creativity

Kindness

Support

 

Credibility

Knowledge

Surprise

 

Curiosity

Lawful

Sustainability

 

Decisiveness

Leadership

Talent

 

Dedication

Learning

Teamwork

 

Dependability

Liberty

Temperance

 

Determination

Logic

Thankful

 

Development

Love

Thorough

 

Devotion

Loyalty

Thoughtful

 

Dignity

Mastery

Timeliness

 

Discipline

Maturity

Tolerance

 

Discovery

Meaning

Toughness

 

Drive

Moderation

Traditional

 

Effectiveness

Motivation

Tranquility

 

Efficiency

Openness

Transparency

 

Empathy

Optimism

Trustworthy

 

Empower

Order

Truth

 

Endurance

Organization

Understanding

 

Energy

Originality

Uniqueness

 

Enjoyment

Passion

Unity

 

Enthusiasm

Patience

Usefulness

 

Environmentalism

Patriotism

Valor

 

Equality

Peace

Victory

 

Ethical

Performance

Vigor

 

Excellence

Perseverance

Virtue

 

Experience

Persistence

Vision

 

Exploration

Playfulness

Vitality

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Exercise 2 - Which Words Feel Right?

Now that you have a list of values, think about placing that list where you can see it every day. At the end of each day, ask yourself if you have lived in alignment with your values and consider what actions you can take the following day that are consistent with your values. In order to act on your values you need to focus on what they look like in action. If athletics are important to you, you need to find ways to incorporate athletic activities into your life.  It may be by joining a team or running in a marathon. 

This exercise takes only a few minutes but is a great way to stay in step with what really matters to you.

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