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What Are Your Personal Values? How to Define & Live by Them
Living by your personal values sounds easy-at least in theory. Your values, after all, are simply the things that are important to you in life, so it should be natural to live by them. And yet so many of us don't consistently live by our values.

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Personal Values (And Why They Matter)

Personal values are the things that are important to us, the characteristics and behaviours that motivate us and guide our decisions. For example honesty or kindness.

Values matter

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Define Your Personal Values

Find out what characteristics or ways of behaving makes you feel good. Answer the following questions:

  • What's important to you in life?
  • If you ...

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Prioritise Your Personal Values

Once you’ve come up with a list, it's important to prioritise your values.

It can help you get even closer to defining what’s important to you. Prioritising helps you to ensure...

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Live Your Values and Use Them

  • Use Your Values for Goal Setting. For each of your values, make a list of things you could do to put those values into practice. For example, if you wrote “Learning,” you could ...

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Adapt and Change Your Values When Needed

Adapt and Change Your Values When Needed

Your personal values aren't set in stone. While some of your core values will probably stay the same throughout your life, others may change as your life circumstances change or simply as yo...

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Why Personal Core Values Are Important

Why Personal Core Values Are Important

Values are a part of us. They highlight what we stand for. Values guide our behavior, providing us with a personal code of conduct.

When we honor our personal core values consistently,...

Personal Values and Behavior

Knowing your personal values changes your behavior.

For instance: When you value health, you don’t have to wrestle with managing impulse control as much. If you know a particular food or activity isn’t good for your body, you don’t want it.

Create meaningful core values

  1. Start with a beginner’s mind, someone with no preconceived notions of what is.
  2. Create your list of personal values. 
  3. Chunk your personal values into related groups. 
  4. Highlight the central theme of each value group. 
  5. Determine your top Personal Core Values. Whittle your list down to 5 - 10 core values and rank them in order of importance.
  6. Give your personal values richer context. Highlight values into memorable phrases or sentences.
  7. Test the ecology of each value. Review your list a day later: Are they personal to you? Do you see any values that feel inconsistent?

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Why you need to define your values

Your values are the things that you believe are important in the way you live and work.

They (should) determine your priorities, and, deep down, they're probably the measures you use to tell ...

Defining Your Values

  1. Identify the times when you were happiest. 
  2. Identify the times when you were most proud. 
  3. Identify the times when you were most fulfilled and satisfied. 
  4. Determine your top values, based on your experiences of happiness, pride, and fulfillment. 
  5. Prioritize your top values.

  6. Reaffirm your values. 

Defining Success

Life is a tragic thing to waste, and if you are not living your own set of values, you need to assess if:

  • Where you are investing your mental and physical energy?
  • W...

A Significant Life

Success without a life of significance is a waste, and if you are not happy, then success becomes meaningless. To have a life of significance, focus on the following dimensions:

  • Personal development.
  • Family.
  • Work-class work ethics.
  • An elevating network of friends and well-wishers.
  • Finding purpose in life, and making a difference.

Robin Sharma

Robin Sharma

"Greatness comes from living for a cause larger than you. And leaving our world better than you found it."