Your values are your fundamental principles, how you aspire to live and will and will not tolerate from yourself (and others) as you travel through life. Values are what you will consult to make decisions and create your personal “code of behavior.”

The purpose of values is to live by your code and respect yourself as you work toward making your vision a reality. If you don’t live by a code of values you may be willing to do unethical or even terrible things to accomplish your goals.

  1. Choose 5-10 values that really resonate with you or represent people you most admire from this list. Eliminate any that you would not be willing to die for or at least sacrifice greatly and list your top 3-5. 
  2. Review your list and see if the values “feel right” and are motivational to you. Could you live or die by this “code” for the rest of your life? Does this code excite you and make you feel like a good person? You may want to “try these on” for a few weeks to see if they feel right for you – you should feel strength from these.
  • Ambition
  • Authenticity
  • Compassion
  • Continuous learning
  • Courage
  • Creativity
  • Discipline
  • Empathy
  • Excellence
  • Family and friends
  • Focus
  • Freedom
  • Generosity
  • Gratitude
  • Hard work
  • Honesty
  • Humility
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Kindness
  • Love
  • Loyalty
  • Perseverance
  • Problem-solving
  • Resilience
  • Respect
  • Responsibility
  • Results orientation
  • Risk-taking
  • Self-confidence
  • Self-discipline
  • Self-motivation