Core Values are a person’s principles or standards of behavior; their judgment of what is important in life.
What are your Core Values? How do you figure out what your Core Values are? Why would you even waste your time trying to figure them out?
There is an old expression, “You have to stand for something, or you’ll fall for anything.”
Those that stand for something, have a level of expectation for themselves and those around them. They believe in things like self-respect, honesty, accountability and compassion, to name a few. Having these beliefs allows you to behave in a way that aligns with them and also practise safe personal boundaries, choose friends that will inspire and encourage you to be the best you can be.
Those that do not understand their Core Values will fall for anything. Lack of respect for themselves, or others usually results in feeling as though they are a victim because they lack accountability for their actions. They choose the easy, fun friends and skip class, break curfew, miss assignments at
school, and feel that life is and always will be a struggle.
If your life is a struggle, maybe you need to re-evaluate your what’s truly important. Life presents you with challenges, or life lessons. Some of these lessons are difficult and some of them hurt. But, if you take the time to understand your Core Values, these struggles will start to appear not as struggles, but as lessons. You will begin to learn from them, see where you can make improvements, and slowly step forward.
Core Values are quite simple.
Choose the top 10 words that mean the most to you:
This is a condensed list of Core Values but it’s a great start. Once you have your top 10, use those words to create your own standard of personal ethics, or rules to live by.
As a daily reminder, you can create a piece of art to hang on your wall, write a paragraph using these words to describe who you are, or pick the most important one and create a meaningful tattoo.