What are Your Personal Values?

Our values serve as a guide and assist us in remembering what it means to be true to oneself. Understanding values is an integral element in the knowledge of self-discovery. When we discover what our values our—we are more in tune to who we are as a person.

A List of Commonly Held Personal Values
Look at this list and circle any values that you relate to. In determining our key personal values—it is important to think about what makes us feel right and what it is that we think of when we are making decisions or choices in our lives or what motivates us.

Accomplishment
Accountability
Accuracy
Adventure
Beauty
Calm (inner peace)
Challenge
Change
Cleanliness
Collaboration
Commitment
Communication
Competence
Competition
Concern (for others)
Continuous improvement
Cooperation
Coordination
Courtesy
Courteousness
Creativity
Customer satisfaction
Decisiveness
Discipline
Discovery
Efficiency
Equality
Excellence
Fairness
Faith
Family
Flair
Freedom
Fun
Good will
Goodness
Gratitude
Hard work
Harmony
Honesty
Honour
Independence
Innovation
Integrity
Justice
Knowledge
Leadership
Loyalty
Meaning
Merit
Money
Openness
Orderliness
Non-violence
Patience
Perfection (e.g. of details)
Persistence
Personal growth
Positive attitude
Power
Practicality
Preservation
Privacy
Problem Solving Progress
Prosperity
Punctuality
Quality of work
Respect
Responsiveness
Results-oriented
Security
Self-reliance
Skill
Speed
Spirituality
Stability
Status
Success as Achievement
Systemization
Teamwork
Timeliness
Tradition
Tranquility
Trust
Truth
Unity
Variety
Wealth
Wisdom

Now, once you have a list of values that you circled—write them out and keep them with you. When you are making decisions or choices in the next week or so—try to be conscious of what values you honoured when you made those decisions or choices. Or, when you are not feeling right about something that is happening in your life, try to think about what values you are dishonouring.

Once the week is over, revisit the list and attempt to pick your top five personal values based on your experiences.

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