Discover Your Core Values

Jan 22, 2020
 

Let me ask you a question, do you know what your core values are?

Is your life and your career aligned with your core values, or do you sometimes feel dissatisfied - like there is something more you should be doing?

You’re not alone! According to a recent article in the Telegraph,  69% of 2,000 people studied felt trapped in the same old routine and over 40% were unhappy with their lives. That’s why knowing your core values is so important, because they make it possible to make important decisions, such as taking a job, starting a business, or making other significant changes in your life that may bring you the satisfaction you are seeking.

 

So, what are core values?

 

Core values are the essence of who you are and the principles and fundamental beliefs that you hold to be of worth in your life. Whether you are stuck in a situation that leaves you unfulfilled or are struggling to make a big decision, these guiding principles have the power to shape your relationships, jobs, family, and overall direction in life.  However, if your own personal values are unclear or not identified, it will be difficult to plan and achieve the life and business that you want. To help you figure out what your core values are, I have created an amazing worksheet to help you identify and act upon your core values:

 

5 Steps to Discover Your Core Values

 

Core Values for Life

Why are core values so important? 

  • They not only guide how you think, feel and behave, but they also allow you to imagine a way of living where you find the most freedom and creativity to be yourself.
  • They unlock and reinforce your individuality, challenging you to consider what makes you unique.
  • They make sure you’re on track with the vision you have for yourself, and they help you find wisdom and discernment in complex situations.

 

Where do our values come from?

Sometimes we may take on the values of our family or the community in which we live or grew up in; however, we can also make a conscious decision to adjust or change values when they are no longer in alignment with who we are or who we want to become. Our values can also strengthen over time. For this reason, it is important to check in with your personal core values regularly, a bit like assessing your direction and path midway on a journey. I give you a great suggestion of how to do this in my Core Value Worksheet.

When you can identify your values and make choices that align with them, life suddenly becomes a little more comfortable.  But when you act on autopilot and do not allow your values to match your choices, you can become unhappy and perhaps not consciously know why.

Remember: The point of core values is not to encapsulate ideals that you already live out perfectly. They’re meant to be values that can always be pursued to help create your best life and your most authentic self. You make the rules. Be patient with yourself and take the time to discover your core values - you will be amazed at the things you can accomplish. Also, do not be afraid to rework your list in the future. You are allowed to change your values!

 

Core Values for Business

 

Your core values are important to consider when evaluating your career options because they are principles that you find desirable, important or even essential. An alignment between your career and your core values produces satisfaction, a sense of happiness and fulfilment. A misalignment can cause everything from minor problems to major disruptions.

 

Work core values are typically broken into three types:

  • Intrinsic values are related to the intangibles about the career. These are the values that motivate you and help you feel fulfilled like giving back to society and expressing your creativity.
  • Extrinsic values relate to the tangible rewards derived from your career and your work environment. Some examples of extrinsic values are how much you are paid, working as part of a team and providing influence.
  • Lifestyle values are about what kind of career you have and where you work which both generate a certain type of lifestyle. The type of lifestyle you desire can help complete the picture of what you value. A few examples of lifestyle values include living in a big city, traveling extensively and living simply.

 

Why it is important to understand and align your values with your career?  

Your values give you a sense of purpose and are guideposts to what fits you best. If you are working in a role or organisation that is not a good match for your values, you may experience “symptoms” like feeling a general sense of discomfort or a lack of connection with your situation. Feeling a lack of motivation and constantly wanting to take a day off are other indicators that there could be a mismatch.

 

The real challenge is learning to embrace your true values and creating a life that is in synch with them. If your life is currently causing you dissatisfaction or unhappiness, you may still find it hard to change because it remains familiar, predictable, and, in a perverse way, comfortable. You have lived this way for many years and your life habits are deeply ingrained.

 

If, however, you are ready to tell yourself that it is time for a change, learning to live your new values can be easier than you expect because they will be self-rewarding; participating in activities and experiences and being with people that are consistent with your new values will bring you freedom, balance, and happiness.

 

So how big a change do I need to make?

Living your newly realised values does not necessarily mean discarding your old life and starting a new one! The reality is that few people can dramatically alter their basic life. Few people can afford to quit their jobs and become starving artists or other fantasies. But that does not mean that you can’t make meaningful change in your life that will allow you to align your values and life and find happiness.

Living your values means placing greater emphasis on and making a greater commitment to activities, experiences, and people that express those values. It also involves creating balance in your life. For years, your choices may have been weighted heavily toward values that you might have adopted from your parents and popular culture rather than from inside yourself. This imbalance may have enabled you achieve success, but at the steep cost of happiness and fulfilment. Living your values means placing more emphasis on activities, experiences, and people that that you truly value and that bring you happiness.

 

Now that I know my core values, what do I do with them?

 

Glad you asked! Core values are meant to be practiced, developed and incorporated into our daily lives. I suggest you start off small by turning your core values into daily morning affirmations to help you set an intention to take with you into your day. As a next step, you could then take one value at a time and see how you can expand upon it. For example, if you would like to be more creative, join an art class or a writing and commit to creating an original piece.

 

To get you started, I have created a Core Value Worksheet to help you identify your core values and then start incorporating them into your life today! To download, click here:

 

5 Steps to Make You Happy

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I want you to know that Transformation is possible. Progress is possible. I’ve implemented these steps in my own life and coached my clients through the process

 

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