Core Values and You: 5 Timely Tips

Core ValuesValues, and, more specifically, the congruence between our values and our activities, form the foundation for our choice-making and our time success.

Last week on The Time Finder we explored the importance of values, and highlighted  the difference between internal and external values.

Today I want to share 5 Timely Tips to help you clarify your core values as you explore Heart-Based Time Management™ even further:

Core Values: Here are Your Tips!

1. Values help you clarify and define who you are.

Values create the frame for your life. They influence your actions and help you define not only what’s important to you, but also what’s essential. Your core values help you answer questions such as, “Who am I?” and “How do I choose to use my time?”

2. Your core values may be consistent over time or they may change through time.

Your values may become clearer and deeper, but remain fundamentally consistent throughout your life. Or, as sometimes happens, a major life event might powerfully reorient your perspective. With a new vantage  point, you might find that what matters to you has completely changed. This can be a very eye-opening and life-altering experience.

Then again, your values may change and evolve incrementally as you navigate the challenges and changed landscape of successive decades. In any and all of these instances, your values provide an inner guidance system to direct you through your day.

3. Values clarification helps you determine what’s significant in your life.

Using exercises and self-exploration, values clarification offers a process for both discovering and gaining perspective about what’s most important to you. It presents options, dilemmas, and questions that guide you to your individual truth.

4. Core Values are Like Onions!

Peeling back the layers helps you focus on the essence of a value – you are moving toward the center.  As you develop new insights and understanding about life, you can enrich your understanding by delving more deeply into the core of a particular value.

For example, maybe you place a premium on honesty. Does that mean you speak your mind no matter what – even if it might devastate someone else? And how do you frame your honest communication? As you mature and explore, the nuances deepen.

5. Core Values:  Seeing is Believing

By observing yourself, you’ll notice what’s most important to you.

Stand outside yourself, and observe how you move through your life. Do you make decisions from an integrated place? Are your actions consistent with your beliefs and values?

Note when certain values strike a deep, resonant chord and help you prioritize your options. Those choices that both simplify and enhance your life are your core values.

How would you articulate your core values today?  Have they changed over time?

Drop me a line – I’d love to hear about your journey …

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  1. Great post, I think once I had determined my core values, they pretty much remained the same but got stronger 🙂

  2. Love your post, Paula. I love the imagery in #4 . . . core values are like onions. I believe my values have been pretty consistent throughout my life, but the way they show up changes. I’d certainly like to hope I’m less impulsive! 🙂

  3. Very interesting post. My values have changed considerably, thanks to guidance such as yours. The simpler the values, the greater the integration required. And the more straightforward the decision-making process becomes. Never easy for me, but getting more clarified all the time.

  4. my core values get polished by seeing such great articles. thanks for sharing.

  5. I think it is so important to know who you are as a person and what you truly value in life. Also, I love your onion analogy, I think it is so true how we have learning experiences that lead us to have our strongest values in life.

  6. Thank you for this post. I was just talking with my 12 year old about the importance of knowing your core values, even at his age.

  7. Hi EJ – I am so glad that you liked this post … and I agree with you – it’s never to soon to start exploring values with your children!

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