Core values can act as your North Star, shining light on important decisions and guiding prioritization of your limited time and energy.
In the activity below, you will peruse a sample list of value-related words curated by the VIA Institute on Character. You may find that you identify with many of these values. After all, who doesn’t value excellence or kindness? Narrowing your list down to three or four core values is the challenge and the gift of this exercise.
After you finish this activity, you can take the next step and reflect on how to put your values into action while you're at work with this resource.
Identify 10-15 values that are most important to you.
Now try to identify 3-4 values that are most important to you at this point in time. There is no need to limit yourself to the words on this list. The following questions may help:
Which values are non-negotiable?
Which ones must I honor to feel like my best self?
When I look at my first list, do I notice any patterns that may indicate an overarching top value? For example, choosing friendship, family, community may indicate that relationships are a top priority.
Do my choices feel authentic, as opposed to representing what I think I should value, or what I used to value?
Consider continuing this conversation about values with your coach and see what additional insight you can gain.
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