Our core values in action are actually pieces of our courage in practice.
— Tonyalynne Wildhaber

ON CORE VALUES

Core Values are guiding principles that rest beneath behavior and action.

Our core values can be considered our internal compass; they are ingrained in who we fundamentally are and how we move through the world. Core values are also muscles, which can be flexed, toned, strengthened, and consciously exercised everyday.

Core values can help us to know how to lead and live well.
They can help organizations to determine if they are on the right path to fulfilling their business goals.
They create an unwavering and unchanging guide for us in leadership and life.

 

How do we know when our core values are in motion?

Looking at our consistent habits--the actions, decisions, and choices we make day-to-day--will reveal our core values in motion.

Our habits will also powerfully reveal core values we've put to rest, let atrophy, or given a holiday. 

 

KNOW YOUR CORE VALUES

WHICH FIVE VALUES RESONATE MOST DEEPLY WITH YOU?

ABUNDANCE | AUTHENTICITY | APPRECIATION | AWARENESS

BALANCE | BEAUTY | CARE | COMPASSION | COMMUNITY | COURAGE

COMMITMENT | CREATIVITY | CURIOSITY | DEVOTION | DISCIPLINE | DEDICATION

EXCELLENCE | EMPATHY | FAITH | FREEDOM | FUN | FOCUS

GENEROSITY | GENUINE | GRACE | GRIT | GRATITUDE | GROWTH

HONOR | HELPFULNESS | HARMONY | HONESTY | HUMOR | HEALTH | HEART

INGENUITY | INNOVATION | INSPIRATION | JOY | KINDNESS | KNOWLEDGE

LOVE | LOYALTY | OPENNESS | PASSION | PEACE | PERSEVERANCE

POSITIVITY | PROSPERITY | PRESENCE | QUALITY | RESPECT

RESPONSIBILITY | RELIABILITY | STRENGTH | SELF-EXPRESSION

SERVICE | SENSE OF ACCOMPLISHMENT | TRUST | WISDOM

 

- A Reminder -

if it is something you think you should be

or something you crave to be more of, it is not a VALUE. 

 

SO WHERE IS INTEGRITY ON THIS LIST?

Integrity actually isn't a value itself.

integrity is the place where each value is tested and forged.

 

CORE VALUES EXERCISE

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1. Take note of all core values that resonate with you.

2. Now select the top five that resonate at the deepest level.

3. Which of your values are you able to fully express professionally and/or personally?

4. How do these values play a role in your story? 

5. How do these values inform your actions and/or inactions?

6. Where do you seek to practice these values more consciously and intentionally?

7. Which values are currently transforming and evolving in you?

8. What core values, if any, do you wish to develop?

9. What's your favorite core value, your guiding principle above all the rest?

10. What did you learn about yourself as you moved through this exercise?

Our core values are the heart and soul of who we are.
— The Courage Practice

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