“There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do. ” Freya Stark
What are core values? These are values that are important to you or the organization you work for. These are deep-seated values that you identify with as necessary components of you or you work. Some people value honesty, integrity, trust, intelligence, or a strong work ethic. No matter what they are if they are in alignment with who you are the more satisfied you’ll be. Your identity is wrapped up in your core values. It is what you believe in.
How well do you know your core values? I have found that looking at a list of over 300 values that most people find it difficult to winnow the list down to just a few values, just 3 or 4 values that are the most important to them. With too many values it is easy to get lose focus on what is really important and identify with values that are tangential to the real you.
Why is it important to have just a few values? You can certainly have many values that are important and without a focus on a few it leads to less intense focus on the values that are the most important. There are probably just three to five core values that you can develop with sufficient intensity to make substantial improvements on.
Identify your values
1. Take a look at a list of values and quickly choose 10 values that you identify with
2. Narrow the list of 10 values down to 5
3. Now choose the 3 values that you strongly identify with
What can you do to strengthen your values?
Take a look at Zappos values and how they apply those values in the work environment.
How are you living out your values?
If you are interested in finding your core values Taylor Protocols offers an assessment that will identify your strengths in four areas. The information is useful in finding the right career and how to resolve conflicts with others. When you know what values are being challenged in yourself you can develop strategies to reduce that conflict.
Take some time and get to know your core values today.