4 Things You Need To Know About Your Core Values

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“Core Values” is a term that’s thrown around a lot, especially in a business setting, but we have personal core values as well. It sounds more intimidating than it is. We all have them, whether we know it or not.

Our personal core values are our personal belief system, the way we filter our world, information, experiences, feelings, thoughts, etc. The way we walk, talk, believe and act, everything that happens in our lives.

Personal core values are developed mostly through life experiences and often other people install them in us knowingly or unknowingly – through either teaching, example or our rejection of them.

My personal core values are the filter of who I am.

Honesty, integrity, family, work ethic, money, health, fun, etc. Whatever they may be…every decision is guided by them. Unfortunately…or maybe fortunately…depending on your viewpoint…this is a major cause of conflict with other people who don’t share our values. It just is. Not bad, or good, just is.

Mini-Mission: 4 Things You Need To Know About Your Core Values

What are they? A Google search can help you identify and label…

How do you actively live them? Or do you actively ignore them?

Are your values congruent? Conflicting values make it impossible to thrive and grow.

Are they always open to change? We grow and change as we gather more life experience and so may our core values.

Something to think about

Your core values are who you are right now, not who you want to be. (Feel free to tweet that :) People tend to make lists of values, traits of the person they want to be…but if you aren’t actively living by them in the here and now, then they aren’t actually your values…now are they?

That thought was quite an eye opener for me…You mean

Your mission this week…Think about your personal core values…They are what drives your life, so they’re worth a bit of consideration. Consider the four questions above to help you get a better understanding.

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2 Responses to 4 Things You Need To Know About Your Core Values

  1. Marko Petkovic March 27, 2013 at 10:22 am #

    So true, Royale. I would add here that in addition to core values (in another words, our HOW’s, how we do things naturally in really pays off to invest some time and explore and define one’s own WHY, purpose of existance. In another words, what drives a particular person. It’s easier said than done as it takes some courage to see things as they are. in my case it took several weeks to discover above said. Yet, it pays off hugely. You get a sense of calmness, you know who you are and what do you want :) On the side note, out of personal observation, I would say that 95% of people that I’ve met in life do not think about this stuff much even though it is truly such a waste of life to not in line with one’s purpose and core values.

    • Royale Scuderi March 27, 2013 at 11:33 am #

      You are so right! And it’s so sad that so many people don’t even give this any thought at all…

      Royale

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