Your values are “what is important” to you now; therefore, your values change over time as your priorities change. When you honour your values on a regular and consistent basis, your life is more meaningful and fulfilling. When you don’t honour your values you may find your life is out of balance and more stressful; hence, it is wise to make decisions based on your values. It is also important to clarify, update and re-rank your values over time.
Knowing your values helps you to:
- Make choices that are right for you;
- Decide on appropriate actions;
- Recognise situations where there is a values clash resulting in stress and conflict;
- Have a clear sense of direction.
Below is a sample worksheet which you can copy to design a worksheet to list your current top 10 values on. Ask yourself, “What is important to me in my life right now?” There is no right or wrong answer to this question. Don’t worry about the ranking initially; just list them in any order to begin with. Different words will have different meanings to each of us. You are the one who determines the meaning for you. Some of you may find it helpful to use several words together to form a chain of thought describing the value. Place the most significant word at the beginning, such as “Integrity” and “Happy” in the examples below:
- Happy/ Fit /Nurtured
Clarifying your values may take time to complete. They are not always easy to finalise on-the-spot. So take your best guess for today, and if you like, come back to this exercise at a later time to fine tune your list and to determine your priority rankings.
Once you have listed your values, take your best estimate as to your current level of satisfaction in living each value you have identified [10 = highest level of satisfaction; 1 = no satisfaction]. As a reminder, you might like to put your list of values on your fridge or another place where they can be viewed regularly. Next time you have a critical decision to make be sure to take your values into account.
Lynda Moe is a Business Strategist, Process Based Facilitator, Executive & Leadership Coach & Motivational Speaker who is passionate about collaboratively creating high performing and resilient individuals, teams and organizations. She helps her clients to solve problems, shift mindsets, enhance their performance, resiliency and agility (change, thinking, communication & leadership) in order for them to unleash their positive potential. Contact her here or email lynda@ if you would like to request a complementary no-obligation meeting with Lynda to discuss your business, team, coaching or facilitation requirements or for her to speak at your next event.