From the list below, choose & write down every core value that resonates with you. Don’t overthink this. As you read through the list, just write down the words that feel like a core value to you personally. If you think of a value that is not on the list but that resonates with you, or that you possess, write it down too.

  • Abundance

  • Acceptance

  • Accountability

  • Achievement

  • Adventure

  • Advocacy

  • Ambition

  • Appreciation

  • Attractiveness

  • Autonomy

  • Balance

  • Being the Best

  • Benevolence

  • Boldness

  • Brilliance

  • Calmness

  • Caring

  • Challenge

  • Charity

  • Cheerfulness

  • Cleverness

  • Collaboration

  • Community

  • Commitment

  • Compassion

  • Consistency

  • Contribution

  • Cooperation

  • Creativity

  • Credibility

  • Curiosity

  • Daring

  • Decisiveness

  • Dedication

  • Dependability

  • Diversity

  • Empathy

  • Encouragement

  • Enthusiasm

  • Ethics

  • Excellence

  • Expressiveness

  • Fairness

  • Family

  • Flexibility

  • Friendships

  • Freedom

  • Fun

  • Generosity

  • Grace

  • Growth

  • Happiness

  • Health

  • Honesty

  • Humility

  • Humor

  • Inclusiveness

  • Independence

  • Individuality

  • Innovation

  • Inspiration

  • Intelligence

  • Intuition

  • Joy

  • Kindness

  • Knowledge

  • Leadership

  • Learning

  • Love

  • Loyalty

  • Making a Difference

  • Mindfulness

  • Motivation

  • Optimism

  • Open-Mindedness

  • Originality

  • Passion

  • Performance

  • Personal Development

  • Peace

  • Perfection

  • Playfulness

  • Popularity

  • Power

  • Preparedness

  • Proactivity

  • Proactive

  • Professionalism

  • Punctuality

  • Quality

  • Recognition

  • Relationships

  • Reliability

  • Resilience

  • Resourcefulness

  • Responsibility

  • Responsiveness

  • Risk Taking

  • Safety

  • Security

  • Self-Control

  • Selflessness

  • Service

  • Simplicity

  • Spirituality

  • Stability

  • SuccessTeamwork

  • Thankfulness

  • Thoughtfulness

  • Traditionalism

  • Trustworthiness

  • Understanding

  • Uniqueness

  • Usefulness

  • Versatility

  • Vision

  • Warmth

  • Wealth

  • Well-Being

  • Wisdom

  • Zeal

 

Next, group all similar words or phrases together in a way that makes sense to you. Again, don’t think about it too much, just write your words down in a table of up to 5 groupings. If you have more than five groupings, drop those least important. See the example below.

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Now, choose one word or phrase within each grouping that best represents the label for the entire group. Again, do not overthink your labels. There are no right or wrong answers. You are defining the answer that is right for you. See the example below – the label chosen for the grouping is bolded.

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Add a verb to each word or phrase so you can see what it looks like as a actionable core value, for example:

  • Live in freedom.

  • Seek opportunities for making a difference.

  • Act with mindfulness.

  • Promote well-being.

  • Multiply happiness.

This will guide you in the actions you need to take to feel like you are truly living on purpose.

Finally, write your core values in order of importance for you in your planner, so they are available as an easy reference when you are faced with decisions.  For example:

  1. Live in freedom.

  2. Act with mindfulness.

  3. Promote well-being.

  4. Multiply happiness.

  5. Seek opportunities for making a difference.

Exercise adapted from Taproot Root Cause Analysis.