Core Values Exercise
I’ve been talking about defining and living from your core values in the Fit Healthy Grounded Women Facebook group. In this way, you can give your life more meaning and purpose. Also, boosting and maintaining your motivation many fold.
So here is the process you can follow so you can work out what your core values are:
1. Determine your values or guiding principles. From the list below, choose and write down every value that resonates with you. Do not overthink your selections. As you read through the list, simply write down the words that feel like a value to you personally. If you think of a value you possess that is not on the list, be sure to write it down as well.
Some of these values will seem similar, like courage and strength. Just choose the value word that resonates best with you.
If you find that you are having difficulty with this, there are 2 reflections that may be helpful.
a. Reflect on an important situation in your life or something you spend a lot of time doing, or a major life event. Then identify the values present in this situation or life event. Explore the ways these values show up in other areas of your life.
b. Reflect on someone you admire; a role model. What values do they have, demonstrate, embody?
How do these values play out in your life.
How can these values play out in your life?
It’s highly likely that these values are also your values, and have been hidden from you up until now.
Values (Guiding Principles)
Abundance Acceptance Accountability Achievement Advancement Adventure Advocacy Ambition Appreciation Attractiveness Autonomy
Balance Benevolence Boldness
Calmness Caring Challenge Charity Cheerfulness Cleverness Community Commitment Compassion Cooperation Collaboration Consistency Contribution Courage Creativity Credibility Curiosity
Daring Decisiveness Dedication Dependability Diversity
Empathy Energized Encouragement Enthusiasm Ethics Excellence Expressiveness
Fairness Family Fidelity Fitness Friendships Flexibility Focus Foresight Freedom Fun
Generosity Grace Gratitude Growth
Happiness Hard work Health Honesty Humility Humor
Inclusiveness Independence Individuality Innovation Inspiration Integrity Intelligence Intuition Insightful
Leadership Learning Love Loyalty
Making a difference Mastery Maturity Mindfulness Motivation
Optimism Open-mindedness Organisation Originality
Passion Peace Perfection Personal development Playfulness Politeness Popularity Potential Power Preparedness Pro-activity Professionalism Punctuality Purpose Productivity
Reason Recognition Relationships Reliability Resilience Resourcefulness Responsibility Responsiveness Recognition Risk taking
Safety Satisfaction Security Service Sharing Simplicity Spirituality Stability Status Self-control Self reliance Selflessness Solitude Spirit Strength Success Support
Teamwork Thankfulness Thoughtfulness Tolerance Toughness Traditionalism Trustworthiness Truth
Understanding Uniqueness Usefulness
Warmth Wealth Well-being Wisdom
2. Group all similar values together from the list of values you just created. Group them in a way that makes sense to you, personally. Create a maximum of five groupings. If you have more than five groupings, drop those least important.
3, Choose one or two word(s) within each grouping that best represents the value label for the entire group. Again, do not overthink your value labels. There are no right or wrong answers. You are defining the answer that is right for you.
These value labels represent your core values.
4. Having identified your core values from the tasks above, let’s look at how you can utilize them. You can draw on these to define your intentions and motivations for when you go into an exercise session or just generally in your life.
How can you redefine any expectations or hopes you have for an activity you’re going to do so they are in line with your core values?
Please refer to the “Kickstarting your Motivation” blog as this provides some really helpful ways you can use your core values.