How to figure out what your values are

How to figure out what your values are

When you’re trying to figure out who you are and what kind of career or life you’d rather be living, it can be challenging to know where to start. There appear to be endless job options, but what are the kinds of things you’d truly love to be doing?

Below is an exercise to help you figure out what matters most to you in life. Use these values when making life or career decisions, and you’ll be halfway there!

Step 1: Here is a list of 50 words. Clear your mind and then take a look at them. Write down the 15 words that speak to you the most.

  1. Abundance

  2. Accountability

  3. Ambition

  4. Balance

  5. Boldness

  6. Calmness

  7. Certainty

  8. Choice

  9. Collaboration

  10. Community

  11. Determination

  12. Discipline

  13. Diversity

  14. Efficiency

  15. Empathy

  16. Experience

  17. Faith

  18. Fitness

  19. Freedom

  20. Gratitude

  21. Grit

  22. Growth

  23. Happiness

  24. Health

  25. Humor

  26. Imagination

  27. Impact

  28. Influence

  29. Integrity

  30. Joy

  31. Justice

  32. Kindness

  33. Leadership

  34. Logic

  35. Luxury

  36. Mindfulness

  37. Money

  38. Motivation

  39. Optimism

  40. Organization

  41. Patience

  42. Peace

  43. Pleasure

  44. Relaxation

  45. Resilience

  46. Romance

  47. Security

  48. Sincerity

  49. Spirituality

  50. Trust

Note: If there are other words you know you already connect with, include them in this large list. Feel free to add your own!

Step 2: Take your list of 15 words and assign each one a number based on how important it is to you, with 1 being not that important and 5 being very important.

Step 3: Narrow down your list even further by writing down the 5 words you assigned the highest numbers. These are the values that you consider to be crucial to life. You can expand the list as needed; some people have a secondary list of values that are important but not absolutely necessary.

Use this short list when making life decisions, and you’ll always be aligned with your true values.

This method is adapted from the book Being Boss and from my studies at the Life Purpose Institute. If you’d like to work on incorporating your values into your everyday life, click here to work with me as your life coach.

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