What are your core values?

What are your core values?  What do you value most in life?  And why is it so important to know what these are when you’re working out your goals and objectives?

What often happens when goals and objectives are being identified is that they may look pretty impressive, and they may also get you quite excited, but if they’re not aligned to your values, you will very quickly lose momentum and eventually give up.

Here’s an example:  Sandy has a goal to become an executive manager in the company she works for.  She’s really excited about this prospect and of course the benefits and perks that come with being in such a senior position.  

Sandy then sits down and works out her top 10 core values from the list below, and what she finds is that “Having a family” is right up there in her top 10.

Now, can you see that there could be a conflict here?  While Sandy would like to be promoted to an executive position which could require a LOT of focus on her work, possibly working long hours and of course being under a lot of pressure, she would really like to start a family too.

Anybody that has a young family would understand that maintaining a balance between work and family can be difficult at the best of times, and Sandy may struggle with her climb up the corporate ladder if she also wants to focus on having children.

This is not to say that it is not possible for Sandy to have both, but she will really have to think hard about what sacrifices she’s prepared to make, if she truly wants to achieve her goal.

Here’s a little exercise for you!

  1. Go through the list of core values below, and identify your top 10.
  2. When going through this list, eliminate or choose items as you go, until you only have 10 left.
  3. Review this list and compare it to your list of goals (I am assuming you have some goals written down or at least have an idea of what you want to achieve!), and determine if any of these values conflict with your goals.

Never skip this step when establishing your goals, because when your goals are aligned with your core values, you’re much more likely to succeed in achieving them!

Adventure

Achievement

Advancement

Affection

Arts

Calm, quietude, peace

Challenging problems

Change and variety

Cleanliness, orderliness

Close relationships

Commitment

Communication

Community

Competence

Competition

Concern for others

Contentment

Continuous improvement

Cooperation

Creativity

Customer satisfaction

Democracy

Development

Discipline

Ecological awareness

Economic security

Freedom

Friendships

Fun

Growth

Global view

Gratitude

Having a family

Honour

Hard work

Harmony

Honesty

Innovation

Integrity

Intellectual status

Involvement

Loyalty

Love, Romance

Leadership

Maximum utilization (of time, resources)

Meaningful work

Merit

Money

Nature

Openness

Order

Perfection

Quality of work

Recognition

Religion

Responsibility

Resourcefulness

Respect for individual

Results-oriented

Responsiveness

Reputation

Self-giving

Self-reliance

Service (to others, society)

Security

Self-respect

Serenity

Simplicity

Sophistication

Speed

Spiritual Life

Strength

Stability

Status

Systemization

Success

Teamwork

Time-freedom

Equality

Efficiency

Ethical practice

Excellence

Excitement

Faith

Fame

Family

Feeling

Flair

Personal Growth

Preservation

Pleasure

Power

Positive attitude

Practicality

Progress

Privacy

Public service

Purity

Tolerance

Tradition

Truth

Trust

Wealth

Wisdom

Work

Working with others

Working alone

 

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