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

Joy  Justice

Kindness  Knowledge

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

Versatility  Vision

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.