Choose Your Values Exercise
Below is a list of values: choose the 5-10 which you relate to the most – based on your first gut reaction.
If you find more than ten values resonate with you, choose as many values as are meaningful to you, and write them individually on sticky notes. Then group them into sub-sets where the values seem to share a common feeling. For example, ‘Excitement’, ‘Risk-taking’ and ‘Challenge’ might be in the same group. Then choose one value that best represents this group.
Rank these values in order of importance to you. It’s important to know how you prioritise these. For example, if you know that your number one value is ‘adventure’, but you also have a value of ‘financial security’, you might choose to consciously invest a bit of money into creating opportunities for adventure in your life.
For each of your values, write a short sentence that describes how you want to live this value in your life, using positive wording like: ‘I choose’, ‘I honour’ ‘I am’, ‘I do’, ‘I will’.
The Values List
Now you have found your top 5-10 values, keep a copy of them somewhere you can check in with them on a regular basis, as life flows more smoothly when your day to day decisions are in congruence with your values. Perhaps write them on a nice piece of card with coloured pens. Where you feel any conflict or difficulty with a decision you are making, it is worth revisiting your values to see if there are any of your values that you are out of alignment with.
Also remember, some values are there for life, but others can surface for a short or long time depending on where you are in your life and what you are going through. It is worth revisiting your values from time to time to see if you need to tweak them.