How to define your values

  • Step 1: Identify the times when you were happiest
    • What were you doing?
    • Were you with other people? Who were they?
    • What other factors contributed to your happiness?
  • Step 2: Identify the times when you were most proud
    • Why were you proud?
    • Did other people share or contribute to your pride? Who were they?
    • What other factors contributed to your feelings of pride
  • Step 3: Identify the times when you were most fulfilled and satisfied
    • What need or desire was fulfilled?
    • How and why did the experience give your life meaning?
    • What other factors contributed to your feelings of fulfillment?
  • Step 4: Indentify the times when you were most motivated and inspired
    • What were you doing?
    • What need or desire was fulfilled?
    • What other factors contributed to your feelings of inspiration?
  • Step 5: Determine your top 15 values, based on your experiences of happiness, pride, fulfillment, inspiration – use the checklist below
  • Step 6: After selecting 15 values choose 10 from that list of 15. Then choose 7 and finally choose 5 values.
  • Step 7: Prioritize your top 5 values
    • Put them in order of importance
    • What are your top 3 values?
  • Step 8: Re-affirm your values
    • Do these values fit with your life and your
    •  vision for yourself?
    • Who shares these values with you?
    • Do these values make you feel good about yourself?
    • Are you proud of your top 3 values?
    • Do you consider these values when making decisions?
    • Which of these values would you define as:
      • Core values
      • Permission to play values
      • Aspirational values
      • Accidental values
  • Core Values

“Do you have values that are so deeply ingrained in your core that they would never be compromised  no matter what happens in your life?”

  • Permission to play

reflect the minimal behaviour and social standards required by any person

  • Aspirational values

If there is a change that you are making in your life and you aspire to behave in a certain way, does your value system portray that desire and need?

  • Accidental values

“What do you bring to the world?”. These are spontaneously cultivated over time. They reflect the true personality and behaviour of you.

 

Values list

Accountability

Accuracy

Achievement

Adventurousness

Affection

Altruism

Ambition

Assertiveness

Balance

Being the best

Belonging

Boldness

Calmness

Carefulness

Challenge

Change

Cheerfulness

Clear-mindedness

Commitment

Community

Compassion

Competence

Competitiveness

Consistency

Contentment

Continuous Improvement

Contribution

Control

Cooperation

Correctness

Courtesy

Country

Creativity

Curiosity

Decisiveness

Democraticness

Dependability

Determination

Devoutness

Diligence

Discipline

Discretion

Diversity

Dynamism

Ecological awareness

Economy

Effectiveness

Efficiency

Elegance

Empathy

Enjoyment

Enthusiasm

Equality

Ethics

Excellence

Excitement

Expertise

Exploration

Expressiveness

Fairness

Faith

Fame

Family-oriented

Fidelity

Fitness

Fluency

Focus

Forgiveness

Freedom

Friendship

Fun

Generosity

Goodness

Grace

Gratitude

Growth

Happiness

Hard Work

Harmony

Health

Helping Society

Holiness

Honesty

Honor

Humility

Independence

Ingenuity

Inner Harmony

Inquisitiveness

Insightfulness

Intelligence

Intellectual Status

Intuition

Joy

Justice

Leadership

Legacy

Love

Loyalty

Making a difference

Mastery

Meaningful work

Merit

Money

Obedience

Openness

Order

Originality

Patriotism

Passion

Perfection

Piety

Positivity

Practicality

Preparedness

Professionalism

Promotion

Position

Prudence

Quality-orientation

Reliability

Resourcefulness

Respect

Restraint

Results-oriented

Rigor

Security

Self-actualization

Self-control

Selflessness

Self-reliance

Sensitivity

Serenity

Service

Shrewdness

Simplicity

Soundness

Speed

Spontaneity

Stability

Status

Strategic

Strength

Structure

Success

Support

Teamwork

Temperance

Thankfulness

Thoroughness

Thoughtfulness

Timeliness

Tolerance

Traditionalism

Trustworthiness

Truth-seeking

Understanding

Uniqueness

Unity

Usefulness

Vision

Vitality