Personal Core Values
Create your own List of Core Values

Our personal core values make us who we are and will dictate how we will react to life in general. It is an important part of any personal growth plan and a key factor in shaping your attitude. It should be part of our life lessons we need to look at from time to time.

What are values:

Important and enduring beliefs or ideals shared by the members of a culture about what is good or desirable and what is not.
Values exert major influence on the behavior of an individual and serve as broad guidelines in all situations.

Why should you take the time to make a list of your own personal core values? Why is it important?

The answer to that is very simple but also very complicated. Your personal core values are like having your own personal code. This code is unique to only you and will map out how you live, how you act, what you say and what you think. Simply put: it is soul-stuff.

It will dicatate whether you live in the dark or in the light or somewhere in between.

Example: You are seeing someone very special and would like to take things to the next level but your partner is not ready.

Do you?

  • Become impatient and lose your temper? = Immature
  • Give her an ultimatum? = Bully 
  • Immediately suspect she is "getting it" somewhere else? = Jealous, insecure 
  • Cry and say that she doesn't love you enough? = Manipulator, immature 
  • Back away and then work really hard to soften her up? = Manipulator
  • Walk away? = Self centered and lazy
  • Respect her decision and focus on another aspect of the relationship instead? = Respectful
  • Talk about it and be really understanding? = Insightful
Can you see how a simple decision like that touches on so many levels of who you are?

Every little thing you do throughout your day is dictated by your personal core values.  It is therefore very important to figure out your set of values and then to stick to it.  How you do and think about things will become so much easier.  The people around you will be able to trust in you and will also stand with you when it is necessary.
Personal Core Values

You won't have to hum and ha, feel unsure or question yourself when you have to take a dicision.  Your personal list of core values will tell you what is right for you at that moment and it will be easy.  You path will be clear and you conscience will be clean.

People who understand the true meaning of success have analyzed their personal core values. They are living their lives in line with their personal values and beliefs.

How to compile your own set of Personal Core Values

list of core values

There are dozens of values to choose from in the list below. To make it easier for yourself place a number value beside each one on a scale of zero to ten.

Zero means it is not even on your radar, ten means you hold it in very high regard.

Eliminate anything with a value below a 3. Then repeat that and get rid of values that scored between 3 and 6.

Whatever is left would constitute your own list of personal core values.

You do have other values that hold some importance to you, but following this exercise as prescribed allows you to focus on the most important values.

It should also help you to think of things you may not have thought of on our own.

Once you have your personal core value list, look it over and see if it makes sense.  See if it is "you".

The best way to do this exercise is to not overthink and to do it somewhat quickly.  Go with your gut-feelings.  Be as honest as possible.  Don't focus on who you would like to be but focus rather on who you are right now at this moment in time.

And feel free to add your own values if they are not on this list.

Personal Core Values List

Here is an list of core values to go over.

A-E,   F-O,   P-Z

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Abundance Acceptance Accessibility
Accomplishment Accuracy Achievement
Acknowledgment Activeness Adaptability
Adoration Adroitness Adventure
Affection Affluence Aggressiveness
Agility Alertness Altruism
Ambition Amusement Anticipation
Appreciation Approachability Articulateness
Assertiveness Assurance Attentiveness
Attractiveness Audacity Availability
Awareness Awe Balance
Beauty Being the best Belonging
Benevolence Bliss Boldness
Bravery Brilliance Buoyancy
Calmness Camaraderie Candor
Capability Care Carefulness
Celebrity Certainty Challenge
Charity Charm Chastity
Cheerfulness Clarity Cleanliness
Clear-mindedness Cleverness Closeness
Comfort Commitment Compassion
Completion Composure Concentration
Confidence Conformity Congruency
Connection Consciousness Consistency
Contentment Continuity Contribution
Control Conviction Conviviality
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 Economy Ecstasy
Education Effectiveness Efficiency
Elation Elegance Empathy
Encouragement Endurance Energy
Enjoyment Entertainment Enthusiasm
Excellence Excitement Exhilaration
Expectancy Expediency Experience
Expertise Exploration Expressiveness
Extravagance Extroversion Exuberance

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Fairness Faith Fame
Family Fascination Fashion
Fearlessness Ferocity Fidelity
Fierceness Financial independence Firmness
Fitness Flexibility Flow
Fluency Focus Fortitude
Frankness Freedom Friendliness
Frugality Fun Gallantry
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 Industry
Ingenuity Inquisitiveness Insightfulness
Inspiration Integrity Intelligence
Intensity Intimacy Intrepidness
Introversion Intuition Intuitiveness
Inventiveness Investing Joy
Judiciousness Justice Keenness
Kindness Knowledge Leadership
Learning Liberation Liberty
Liveliness Logic Longevity
Love Loyalty Majesty
Making a difference Mastery Maturity
Meekness Mellowness Meticulousness
Mindfulness Modesty Motivation
Mysteriousness Neatness Nerve
Obedience Open-mindedness Openness
Optimism Order Organization
Originality Outlandishness Outrageousness

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Passion Peace Perceptiveness
Perfection Perkiness Perseverance
Persistence Persuasiveness Philanthropy
Piety Playfulness Pleasantness
Pleasure Poise Polish
Popularity Potency Power
Practicality Pragmatism Precision
Preparedness Presence Privacy
Proactivity Professionalism Prosperity
Prudence Punctuality Purity
Realism Reason Reasonableness
Recognition Recreation Refinement
Reflection Relaxation Reliability
Religiousness Resilience Resolution
Resolve Resourcefulness Respect
Rest Restraint Reverence
Richness Rigor Sacredness
Sacrifice Sagacity Saintliness
Sanguinity Satisfaction Security
Self-control Selflessness Self-reliance
Sensitivity Sensuality Serenity
Service Sexuality Sharing
Shrewdness Significance Silence
Silliness Simplicity Sincerity
Skilfulness Solidarity Solitude
Soundness Speed Spirit
Spirituality Spontaneity Spunk
Stability Stealth Stillness
Strength Structure Success
Support Supremacy Surprise
Sympathy Synergy Teamwork
Temperance Thankfulness Thoroughness
Thoughtfulness Thrift Tidiness
Timeliness Traditionalism Tranquility
Transcendence Trust Trustworthiness
Truth Understanding Unflappability
Uniqueness Unity Usefulness
Utility Valor Variety
Victory Vigor Virtue
Vision Vitality Vivacity
Warmth Watchfulness Wealth
Wilfulness Willingness Winning
Wisdom Wittiness Wonder
Youthfulness Zeal  

There you have it!
If your personal core values list is still too long and bulky, chip away at it some more until you only have about 10 values on your list. Make that part of who you are and know that this is your code (or map) to your best life.

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