- Instructions for the Core Values Exercise:
Answer the questions in this exercise through the lens of looking at yourself as a person, not through the lens of work or other relationships. We want to know about you.
Identify how important each value is to you and then click on the “extremely important”, “somewhat important”, “not important” buttons. There is no judgment of the answers. You cannot fill this out wrong.
And remember, we are not asking you how well you fulfill or achieve the value, just how important it is to you.
When you get to the bottom of the page, we want you to narrow the answers from the “extremely important” column, and the “extremely important” column only, and identify the top four values for your life on a personal level, in the business world and in your close relationships.
You can use a value more than once if you identify one that is important to you in two or three categories. For example “responsibility” might be one you use in your personal life category and in the business world.
Most importantly: For your personal values category….we want you to identify the top four values for you the person. Not father, mother, son, daughter, employee, significant other, neighbor, etc. Before all those relationships or responsibilities there was a human being. We want that human being’s top four personal values. We want to know about you, the person.
- Take a few minutes to read through the entire list of values, then mark their relative importance to you.
There are no right or wrong answers, and this list doesn't describe the entire universe of values that define people.
attaining or accomplishing a set task
moving forward, improving in standing
seeking unexplored areas of life
having a style or look that is pleasing
having a place of influence or power
feeling connected to someone or something
taking on a difficult or stimulating task
imparting thoughts, ideas or opinions
having sufficient skills or knowledge
general agreement or harmony
ability to face difficulty, danger or pain
transcending traditional ideas, patterns
being accepting and supportive of leadership
tactfully dealing with people
respectful of one's conditions or surroundings
outstanding quality, remarkably good
having skill, knowledge or know-how
balancing the needs of all, forthright
strong allegiance to one's close circle
to grant pardon or remission of an offense
affection, personal regard for another
being vigorous, free from illness
sharing energy and knowledge to assist
to be truthful, sincere and upright
distinguished, highly respectful, dignified
what is wanted can be had or accomplished
modest, courteous, respectful
to feel complete and at peace with one's self
adhering to moral or ethical principles
closely sharing and loving without reservation
great delight, keen pleasure
being guided by truth and fairness
benevolent, considerate or helpful
understanding of facts, truths or principles
being faithful to commitments and people
unguarded and accepting of new ideas
pleasingly orderly and clean
a state of internal harmony
steady persistence in spite of obstacles
positively growing and adapting
fun, humorous, frolicking
enjoyment, satisfaction, being gratified
translating one's will into others' actions
successful, thriving, well off
innocent, free from ulterior motives
being reasonable and sensible
to be acknowledged for achievement
being polite, honoring with one's actions
accountable, accomplish obligations
to feel safe, secure or protected
to accept and approve of one's self
to control or restrain one's actions
easy to deal with or understand
spiritually developing and learning
being permanent, firm, steadfast
cooperative effort for a common cause
accepting of differences without judgment
long established way of thinking or acting
being dependable, reliable and honest
affection and acceptance with no limits
knowledge mixed with experience
- Now that you have determined how important each value is to you, out of the “extremely important” column, select the top 4 values for you as an individual, in the business world, and in your close relationships. Remember, we want you to select your top 4 values for you as a person, as a human being, in the individual value category. Values can repeat across the different aspects of your life.