Your Core Values and Mindset
Core values are your moral compass: what you deeply believe is morally right. What we must remember is that your core values are always believed or perceived to be moral or influenced by morality. However, these fundamental beliefs and guiding principles often trigger and fuel the thoughts, emotions and behaviors that help people realize moments of happiness and positive experiences and, ultimately, progress toward achieving goals, realizing success and self-transcendence.
We know that core values are developed through life experiences, familial patterns, social conditioning, and consumption of content, events, and opinions. Our beliefs that affirm our core values are often those unquestioned convictions that we accept as truth based on our own current cognition. Aligning and living our core values is where humanity places our feet on the ground running at full speed ahead.
Our values are carried both consciously and unconsciously and are embedded into every priority decision we engage and participate in. To better represent ourselves, align our core values and maximize our strengths and motivators, here is a process for keeping your core values aligned, being more intentional, and making your relationships, work and life more meaningful.
Six Steps To Identify And Align Your Personal Core Values
To uncover what you truly value in life, you must commit to getting real with yourself and not view yourself through a filtered and conditioned lens. We must commit and choose to be deeply cognitive about this process and get vulnerable to the truth
Write down all the significant moments that taught you something important in your life. Write down the good and bad, the challenging and rewarding, the happy and most difficult.
Group and narrow them down. You may have quite a few, and some of them may be reflective of a single word. Spend time thinking through your draft list.
Place an asterisk (*) next to the ones that represent who you really are and those that support whom you want to grow into. Those left unmarked are going to be accessories to your core values list.
Select ten or fewer. These are the core values you are and will be demonstrating daily. The values you are intentional with. The values that are deeply meaningful. The values that align with your legacy, relationships, work and cognition.
Every 30 days, spend 15 minutes evaluating your core values. Ask the following questions:
• Which values come naturally to me?
• Which values feel misaligned or inauthentic?
• Which values are difficult and hard? Why?
• Are there any values I need to remove, add and/or adjust?
Every 12 months, perform a values report. This exercise is not only to evaluate your core values, it is to write a values statement that will serve as a rallying cry for the next year’s motivation and momentum building.
Ask yourself these and any other questions you feel are pertinent to your core values:
• What values drive my behaviors?
• What values drive positive relationships?
• What values drive well-being and good health?
• What values drive financial vitality, etc.?
• Have I done my best to build positive and lasting relationships? Take care of my health and well-being? Be responsible with my finances? etc.