Core Values Exercise

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
Success

Teamwork
Thankfulness
Thoughtfulness
Traditionalism
Trustworthiness
Understanding
Uniqueness
Usefulness
Versatility
Vision
Warmth
Wealth
Well-Being
Wisdom
Zeal

 

STEP 1

*Circle the 15 words that you think are the most important to you

*Of the 15, are any similar? Cut this list down to 10.

*Cut this list down from 10 to 5

 

STEP 2

These 5 values are what you deem to be the most important to you. Your next step is to create an outcome statement based on that value and list 2-4 behaviors you can use to put your core value into action. For example:

Value: Integrity

Outcome Statement:  Do the right thing

Behaviors:

  • Tell the truth always

  • Be ethical in all I do

  • Do nothing which detracts from trustworthiness

STEP 3

Is there alignment between your personal Core Values and your actual behavior? If not, where do you believe the gaps are?

Do you need to address any gaps between your Core Values and your actual behavior? If so how will you go about doing so?

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