Core Values are three to five words defining or representing what’s important to you. They become your guiding principles for shaping your decisions, behaviors, relationships, and goals. They keep you focused and anchored to your true self.
In a business or organization, they become the foundation on which the business operates and set the tone for the culture. Sometimes you’ll notice they’re posted or painted on walls inside a company. Core Values can help a make decisions in times of crisis. They help attract like-minded candidates for employment and can be the foundation for employee reviews or rewards systems.
HOW DO I DISCOVER MY CORE VALUES?
You likely already know at least one or two of your values. Put another way, they wouldn’t surprise you if you saw them written down on a piece of paper before you. The intrigue is with the other three and the overall combination as it reveals a different perspective from which to view life. The once-hidden or unobvious core values are suddenly in full view and feel authentic.
Generally, you’ll want to make your discovery with a career coach. The coach is independent and unbiased. Through a series of questions, hypotheticals, and other thought-provoking conversations, the client reduces a list to just five core values.
HOW DO I USE THEM AFTER DISCOVERY?
As mentioned, they offer a different lens on life and a way of navigating the twists and turns. They become helpful in making big decisions. They can also help lead you to better choices. They can point you to social groups that share your views or philosophies. They can even become the foundation for creating meaningful, lasting friendships. Additionally, core values enhance our sense of identity and can further solidify our purpose. Lastly, they can help clarify goals and aid in the achievement.
Think of it like this: Core Values help you organize, understand and utilize your inner framework of thoughts, emotions, patterns, behaviors, and alignments. They enhance your character assets and allow you to work on your character defects.
WILL THESE BE MY CORE VALUES FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE?
Yes and no. Yes, they will forever be important to you (if you apply and use them routinely.) However, other Core Values may surface as you grow and level up. Often they are extensions of your original core values. Usually, the original set of core values is with a person for 5 to 10 years before a few new ones are adopted. But experiences and learning vary from person to person.
Ready to discover your values? Purchase the service below, then book a one-hour appointment with me to make your discovery. You will need two sheets of notebook paper and a pen for the discovery session.
Core Values discovery gives you guidance in all areas of life.
In this 1 hour and 15-minute session, Mike Doria guides you through selecting your 5 core values. After purchasing, please book a session on the appointments page.