What Are Your True Core Values?

Do you know your true core values? To really know your life purpose, you must be clear on your values and know them in order of priority.
 
According to the dictionary, “value” is the regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something, as well as a person’s principles or standards of behavior; one’s judgment of what is important in life.

Your personal values guide what is important to you in your life, what you stand for, your standards, what you are willing to defend and support. Your values are also evidenced in what you are against.

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Our values determine what our priorities are and how we spend our time, so knowing your personal values will help you gain massive clarity, direction, and focus in all areas of your life.

Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values. ~ Dalai Lama

We must identify our personal value so we can understand whether the choices we are making are consistent with those values. Living a life that is inconsistent with your personal values will cause you to have a low sense of self-worth and self-esteem, and will greatly decrease your level of energy, balance, and happiness.

Open your arms to change but do not let go of your values. Dalai Lama

I was once very attracted to a man who said all the right things to me, which really boosted my deflated ego. Being in a relationship with him was so difficult, and I was so miserable! We couldn’t seem to ever agree and we would constantly hurt each other with our choices. I eventually realized that his values were completely different and incompatible with mine, so it was a relief to break up so I could freely follow my own values.

Because our values serve as a roadmap, the compass, the navigational system that guide our choices, and our choices guide our destiny, knowing our values and making them a priority, will help us choose in favor of our purpose.

Understanding your true core values is essential to live a meaningful, intentional, and purposeful life. Let’s elicit some of those values:

  • Think of 3 people you admire and respect. What are 3 attributes they possess? Why do you admire these traits?
  • If you were in a deserted island, what 3 objects would you bring with you and why?
  • If you could give the people in the world 5 things, what would they be and why?
  • What are 3 issues that make you angry, frustrated, and depressed? Why do these matters affect you in this way?
  • Think of a special moment in your life. What about that moment was most meaningful and important to you?

I know you may be thinking it will take too much time to answer these questions, however, as you take time to get clear, and start living with integrity to your values, you will be able to manage your time in an effective, productive, and fulfilling way! It’s worth it.

Here’s a list of values that you can go through to start thinking which really resonate with you and even wondering which are more of a priority. Feel free to add some that may not be on the list!

List of Personal Values

Abundance
Acceptance
Accessibility
Accomplishment
Accountability
Accuracy
Achievement
Acknowledgement
Activeness
Adaptability
Adoration
Advancement
Adventure
Affection
Affluence
Aggressiveness
Agility
Alertness
Altruism
Amazement
Ambition
Amusement
Anticipation
Appreciation
Approachability
Approval
Art
Articulacy
Artistry
Assertiveness
Assurance
Attentiveness
Attractiveness
Audacity
Availability
Awareness
Awe
Balance
Beauty
Being the best
Belonging
Benevolence
Bliss
Boldness
Bravery
Brilliance
Calmness
 Camaraderie
Candor
Capability
Care
Carefulness
Celebrity
Certainty
Challenge
Change
Charity
 Charm
 Chastity
Cheerfulness
 Clarity
Cleanliness
Clear-mindedness
 Cleverness
Closeness
 Comfort
 Commitment
 Community
 Compassion
Competence
 Competition
 Completion
Composure
 Concentration
Confidence
 Conformity
Congruency
 Connection
 Consciousness
Conservation
Consistency
Contentment
Continuity
Contribution
Control
 Conviction
Coolness
 Cooperation
 Cordiality
Correctness
Courage
Courtesy
Craftiness
Creativity
Credibility
 Cunning
Curiosity
Daring
Decisiveness
Decorum
Deference
Delight
Dependability
Depth
Desire
 Determination
Devotion
Devoutness
Dexterity
Dignity
Diligence
 Direction
Directness
Discipline
Discovery
Discretion
Diversity
Dominance
Dreaming
Drive
Duty
Dynamism
Eagerness
Ease
Economy
Ecstasy
Education
Effectiveness
Efficiency
Elation
Elegance
Empathy
Encouragement
Endurance
Energy
Enjoyment
Entertainment
Enthusiasm
Environmentalism
Ethics
Euphoria
Excellence
Excitement
Exhilaration
Expectancy
Expediency
Experience
 Expertise
Exploration
 Expressiveness
Extravagance
Extroversion
 Exuberance
Fairness
 Faith
 Fame
 Family
Fascination
Fashion
 Fearlessness
Ferocity
 Fidelity
Fierceness
 Financial Independence
Firmness
Fitness
 Flexibility
 Flow
 Fluency
 Focus
 Fortitude
 Frankness
 Freedom
 Friendliness
 Friendship
Frugality
 Fun
Generosity
Gentility
Giving
Grace
Gratitude
Gregariousness
Growth
Guidance
Happiness
Harmony
Health
Heart
Helpfulness
Heroism
Holiness
 Honesty
Honor
Hopefulness
Hospitality
Humility
Humor
Hygiene
Imagination
Impact
Impartiality
Independence
Individuality
Influence
Ingenuity
Inquisitiveness
Insightfulness
Inspiration
Integrity
Intellect
Intelligence
Intensity
Intimacy
Intrepidness
Introspection
 Introversion
Intuitiveness
Inventiveness
Advancement
Investing
Involvement
 Joy
Judiciousness
Justice
Keenness
Kindness
Knowledge
Leadership
Learning
 Liberty
Lightness
Liveliness
 Logic
 Longevity
 Love
 Loyalty
 Majesty
 Making a difference
Marriage
 Mastery
 Maturity
 Meaning
 Meekness
 Mellowness
Meticulousness
 Mindfulness
 Modesty
 Motivation
 Mysteriousness
 Nature
 Neatness
 Nerve
 Non-conformity
 Obedience
Open-mindedness
 Openness
 Optimism
 Order
 Organization
 Originality
 Outdoors
Outlandishness
 Outrageousness
 Partnership
 Patience
 Passion
 Peace
Perceptiveness
 Perception
 Perkiness
Perseverance
 Persistence
Persuasiveness
 Philanthropy
Piety
Playfulness
Pleasantness
 Pleasure
 Poise
 Polish
 Popularity
 Potency
 Power
 Practicality
Pragmatism
 Precision
Preparedness
 Presence
 Pride
Privacy
 Proactivity
Professionalism
 Prosperity
Prudence
 Punctuality
 Purity
Rationality
Realism
 Reason
Reasonableness
 Recognition
Recreation
 Refinement
Reflection
 Relaxation
Reliability
 Relief
Religiousness
Reputation
 Resilience
Resolution
 Resolve
Resourcefulness
 Respect
Responsibility
 Rest
Restraint
Reverence
 Rigor
 Sacredness
Sacrifice
 Sagacity
Saintliness
Satisfaction
 Science
 Security
Self-control
 Selflessness
 Self-reliance
 Self-respect
 Sensitivity
 Sensuality
 Serenity
 Service
 Sexiness
 Sexuality
 Sharing
Shrewdness
Significance
Silence
 Silliness
Simplicity
 Sincerity
 Skillfulness
Solidarity
Solitude
Sophistication
Soundness
Speed
Spirit
Spirituality
Spontaneity
Spunk
 Stability
 Status
Stealth
Stillness
Strength
Structure
 Success
Supremacy
 Surprise
Sympathy
 Synergy
Teaching
Teamwork
 Temperance
Thankfulness
Thoroughness
Thoughtfulness
Thrift
Tidiness
Timeliness
Traditionalism
Tranquility
Transcendence
Trust
 Trustworthiness
 Truth
 Understanding
 Uniqueness
 Unity
Usefulness
 Utility
 Valor
 Variety
 Vigor
 Virtue
 Vision
 Vitality
 Vivacity
 Volunteering
Warmheartedness
 Warmth
Watchfulness
Wealth
 Willfulness
 Winning
 Wisdom
 Wittiness
 Wonder
 Worthiness
Youthfulness
 Zeal

As you discover your beliefs, your values, and your passions, becoming more self-aware, you can feel peace to know why you made certain choices in the past. Sometimes we beat ourselves up thinking we made a mistake, but we always make the best decision we know to make at the time. This clarity will give you a sense of peace about the past, a roadmap for the present, and a bright outlook for the future. So excited for you! Triple YAY!

Do you know your true core values? Share with us what they are and why they matter so much to you! I’m so grateful for you, my darling!

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50 thoughts on “What Are Your True Core Values?

  1. Values are important in life, they allow you to become better human beings, more compassionate and aware of what others might feel or need. It’s what makes us… human. It’s important to have a partner with the same values as you otherwise your relationship won’t work.

  2. After this election season, I’ve realized that one of my core values is to be more involved and to speak and stand up for what’s right. I no longer feel compelled to go with the flow and be content in what happens to our future.

  3. I needta figure this out for sure. gonna answer those questions tonight thanks!
    at first glance the values that resonate with me the most is
    Creativity, imagination, exuberance, Warmheartedness, Love, volunteering…

    I’m interested to know what yours are

  4. My core values have pretty much been the same for many years. I have learned to not let others sway me though, and I wish I’d have learned that nuch earlier in life. Esp. with parenting. If YOU believe it is best for you, your family, etc., then you make that decision without influence. Everyone is better off for it.

  5. So important to have the same views. When I was at uni we were taught that divorce is usually attributed to not having the same world views or values. I honestly don’t believe opposites attract (In a personality sense anyways, activities can be another ball game)

  6. Values, that’s what most people are lacking these days especially after the elections. I think it’s important to find people with the same values as you, especially when you’re raising kids.

  7. I’ve always thought I had a pretty clear idea of what my values are but I haven’t ever thought about it this carefully or sat down and written them out clearly. I’m going to try answering your questions and see what I come up with 🙂

  8. I love this post! It’s so hard to choose from such an extensive list of values! I would definitely say that truth and honesty are very important to me. Thinking about it though, I wonder if love may be the most important because if we always act from a position of love, we would automatically fall in line with the other values, wouldn’t we?

  9. This is interesting. I haven’t really sat down and thought about it but now you have me thinking. I will have to figure out and see what I come up with!

  10. I love this…. and your list of personal values… honestly it really made me think. I def beat myself up from past decisions… thank you so much for sharing this… i Don’t think you know how helpful it truly is!

  11. It’s definitely an interesting concept to sit down and think about that list but I’d definitely say my values are based around tolerance, compassion and kindness, especially after years of being bullied. Great post!

  12. Good values are very important to me and as a parent, I am trying my best to instill them those in my kids. It is hard, but staying true to myself is very important to me.

  13. I appreciate having the list of values. it can be challenging to think of some at first, but those served as a nice springboard.

  14. Life without any value is meaningless. Values not only helps us to be a better person but it also helps us to be more compassionate and do things in which we believe in!

  15. Something to ponder about. Hmm, I never really thought about my core values but I believe I possess most of the values listed above. Whether people know or not is another thing I guess.

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  20. It was enlightening answering the question and seeing my core values come out from there. It is something we need to be aware of in our daily lives not to let distractions or pressure get us to betray our own beliefs. Your posts are always really charged with wisdom, which is one of my core values. Thank you for writing this!

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