Your core values are the things that you believe are most important in life. Of course, your core values may change over time. As you grow and change, so will your priorities. That’s okay! It’s natural for your values to evolve as you experience new things and learn more about yourself. The important thing is to stay true to your values, even when they’re challenged.
Core values guide your decisions, shape your relationships, and affect how you live each day. But what exactly are they, and why do they matter?
In this blog post, we’ll explore what values are, why they’re so important, and how you can identify your own. By the end of reading this, you’ll have a better understanding of what matters most to you – and be well on your way to living a more fulfilling life as a result. So let’s get started!
What are values and how are they formed?
Values are a set of principles that guide our decisions and actions. They provide a framework for making choices that reflect our priorities and goals in life. They can be anything from honesty and integrity to compassion and love. Values are important because they help us to stay true to ourselves and our beliefs.
Our values are formed over time as we experience different things and learn more about the world. Family, friends, culture, and religion all play a role in shaping our values. Some core values may be instilled in you at an early age, while others may emerge as you experience new things and learn more about yourself. As we grow older, we may also develop new values that reflect our changing priorities and beliefs. Regardless of how they’re formed, values play a major role in guiding your decisions, shaping your relationships, and affecting how you live each day.
It’s important to remember that values are personal. What may be important to you may not be important to someone else. There’s no right or wrong answer when it comes to your values – only what matters to you.
How do you identify or change your core values?
There are a few different ways to determine your core values.
- One way is to ask yourself what’s important to you in life. What matters most to you? What are your priorities? What do you want to achieve in life? Once you have a list of answers, you can start to identify which values are most important to you.
- Another way to determine your core values is to think about the times when you feel most fulfilled in life. What are you doing when you feel this way? What are you involved in? What are your passions? Once you have a list of answers, you can start to identify which values are most important to you.
- Finally, you can also ask the people close to you what they think your core values are. They may be able to provide a different perspective on what’s important to you.
Once you have a list of core values, it’s important to remember them and stay true to them. When life gets tough and you’re faced with a difficult decision, ask yourself how your core values can guide you. If your core values are honesty and integrity, for example, then you may want to consider whether or not lying is the right thing to do. Staying true to your core values can help you make tough decisions, stay on track, and live a more fulfilling life.
Values to look for in a partner
Values are important in choosing a partner because they can help to ensure that you have a compatible long-term relationship. Some of the values that you may want to look for include: kindness, honesty, respect, and communication.
If you share similar core values with your partner, you’re likely to have a strong and lasting relationship. That’s because core values are the foundation upon which you build your life together. They represent what’s most important to you both, and they guide your decisions and actions.
If you’re not sure what your core values are, take some time to think about them. What are the most important things to you in life? What do you want to achieve? Once you have a good understanding of your core values, make sure to look for them in potential partners. And be prepared to explain why they matter to you. After all, sharing your core values is one of the best ways to start a meaningful conversation with someone new!
How can you tell if you’re living in line with your core values?
There are a few ways to tell if you’re living in line with your core values.
- One way is to ask yourself if the decisions you’re making reflect your priorities and goals in life. Are you staying true to what’s important to you? Are you living in accordance with your core values?
- Another way to tell if you’re living in line with your values is to think about how you feel when you make a decision. Do you feel good about the choice you’ve made? Do you feel like you’re living in accordance with your values?
- You can also ask the people close to you if they think you’re living in line with your values. They may be able to provide a different perspective on your choices and help you to see if you’re living in accordance with your values.
What are the benefits of living a life that’s in line with your core values?
There are many benefits of living a life that’s in line with your core values but we will touch on just a few of them.
When you’re making decisions based on your core values, you’re more likely to feel good about the choice you’ve made. You’ll be in accordance with what’s important to you and you’ll feel like you’re living a fulfilling life.
Living in line with your values can help you stay on track when life gets tough. If you have a difficult decision to make, core values can provide a framework for making the right choice.
If you live by your values, you’ll find that life is more fulfilling and satisfying. You’ll have a clear sense of what’s important to you and you’ll be more likely to make decisions based on those values. This can lead to a lot of happiness and satisfaction.
When you live in line with your core values, the people close to you will see that you’re living a values-based life. They may be more likely to respect you and look up to you as a result.
How can you make changes to better reflect your core values in your life and work?
There are a few ways that you can make changes to better reflect your core values in your life and work.
One way is to create a list of core values and carry it with you wherever you go. When you’re faced with a difficult decision, refer to your values list to help you make the right choice. a helpful way is by writing it in your notes app or creating a cool screen saver with an editor like canva.
I find that pausing before reacting to situations is a great way of giving me a chance to reflect and decide if I’m going on a knee jerk reaction that may or may not be based on my values. I can process and evaluate then decide what my response or reaction should be and it can come from a place that is based on my values. This has to be intentional and only works when you stay calm.
Another way to better reflect your core values in your life and work is to make a commitment to living in line with them. Decide that you’re going to live each day based on your core values and see how it impacts your life.
Finally, you can also talk to the people close to you about your values and ask for their feedback. They may be able to provide a different perspective on how you’re living in line with your values and offer suggestions on how you can make changes.
Are you getting an idea of what your core values are?
What would happen if you didn’t live by your core values anymore – or if you never even identified them in the first place?
You would feel lost and directionless. Without core values to guide you, you would be wandering through life without a clear purpose. You would make decisions based on whim and not on what’s important to you. You would be living a life that’s not in line with your priorities and goals and likely feel like something is missing from your life. This can lead to a sense of dissatisfaction and unhappiness.
You would be more likely to make impulsive and harmful decisions. If you’re not living in line with your core values, you’ll be more likely to make choices that are based on short-term gratification rather than long term fulfilment. This can lead to harmful consequences in your life.
When you’re living in accordance with your core values, you’re more likely to feel happy and fulfilled because you’re doing what’s important to you.
The people who are closest to you will have less respect for your decisions if they do not match up with what’s important in life. A key factor in this is if your actions and word don’t align.
So, what are your core values? Take some time to think about it and see if you can come up with a list of 5 core values that are important to you. Once you have them, start living in line with them! You may be surprised at how much better life feels when you’re living in accordance with your core values.
When values and ethics conflict
When values and ethics conflict, it can be difficult to know what to do. In some cases, it may be necessary to choose between your values and your ethics. For example, if you have strong values about honesty, but you are asked to lie in order to protect someone else, you may need to decide which is more important to you.
In other cases, it may be possible to find a middle ground that allows you to uphold both your values and your ethics. For example, if you have strong values about environmentalism, but you also need to make a profit in your business, you may choose to recycle or use environmentally-friendly products.
No matter what happens, it’s important to stay true to yourself. If you find that you can’t uphold your values and your ethics, it may be time to reevaluate them. After all, your core values are the foundation of who you are!
How has following your core values led to success and happiness in your life thus far?
Once I identified the key values that I wanted to see in others but I also wanted to model day in and day out, I knew that it would be a daily battle to push to be a better version of myself. Nobody said it would be easy to be better, But it is definitely worth it. I don’t feel that crushing guilt when I go against the things I stand for. I don’t feel like a hypocrite when I say one thing yet do something different. I know that more often than not, I say what I mean and mean what I say and my actions are following my words.
There will always be times where I regress but overall…I believe I wake up every day intentionally working towards staying within the scope of the core values that I have drawn up for myself. And with that in mind, I have peace of mind, I am not people pleasing and I am happier than ever. My boundary lines are now more and more in pleasant places.
In order to live a life that is fulfilling and in line with our authentic selves, it’s important to know what our core values are. Once we have identified our core values, the next step is to make changes in our lives so that we can better reflect these values. And finally, it’s essential to stay true to our core values when challenges arise (which they inevitably will).
By following these simple steps, you too can live a life that is aligned with your most deeply-held beliefs and principles. And if you ever find yourself feeling lost or off track, remember that you can always make changes to better reflect your true self.
We hope you join us on our email hangout where we discuss this topic further as well as other things self awareness! We would love to hear about your experiences living by your core values – good or bad! In the meantime, please share with us in the comments below how following your core values have led to success in your own life!