Personal Values Exercise

"Personal values are those things that are important to you. Think about what you believe and stand for, and your convictions about what is most important in life…. Values matter because what you deem important guides your behavior. Many people run into trouble when they start living and leading in ways that conflict with their values.” -Bob and Gregg Vanourek in "Triple Crown Leadership: Building Excellent, Ethical, and Enduring Organizations"

One of the most powerful personal development practices we can engage in is discovering our core values—and living by them. This can improve all dimensions of our life and work. Instructions: Answer the questions below. Move briskly and don't agonize over any word or question. Questions 1 and 2 are required but feel free to skip any of the other questions if you wish.

1) Choose 10-20 words from the list below that reflect what you value most. Don't worry about what other people think or what you think your values should be. Focus on what is actually most important to you. Don't deliberate too long on any word. Move briskly and go with your gut. You can always revisit this again later. (Required)
Personal Values 1
Personal Values 2
Personal Values 3
Personal Values 4
2) Narrow down that list to your three to six core values. (Core values are the most essential values. They are the most important, central, foundational values, as opposed to intermediate or lower values.) (Required)
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