January 4, 2021
Question: What are your top five core values?
Answer: This is another question that’s easy to answer because it’s something that I contemplate on a regular basis – and it’s a core foundation for our “HHS125: What Could I Do With My Life” course. This is a topic that’s near and dear to my heart!
Here are my top five – and why they are important:
- Fitness/Health: If I don’t take care of my physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health, I can’t take care of anyone else. In addition, I set pretty ambitious weekly and yearly fitness goals – my wife and friends would say that I’m obsessed! For example, for 2021, my fitness goals are 1,000 miles running/walking/elliptical, 3,000 indoor/outdoor cycling, 10,000 pushups and sit-ups, and 5.5 million steps.
- Wisdom: I see wisdom as an exploration of purpose, to answer the question, “Why did God put me on this earth?” Wisdom guides the work I’m here to do – which is to empower others to design lives that matter WITH PURPOSE.
- Personal Development/Growth: To challenge myself and others to utilize our talents and gifts to do work that helps us become the best version of ourselves in service to something bigger than ourselves in order to make the world a better place and create hope for a better future.
- Family/Friends/Community/Tribe: To develop close, positive, caring relationships with like-minded souls, especially those interested in wisdom and personal development/growth.
- Spirituality: To know that there’s a higher power guiding my life (God), providing me the opportunity to engage in life from my soul. To continue to examine and understand who I am and why I am here.
And here are my top values 5 through 10 (just because):
- Harmony: To be at peace with myself. To have feelings of calm, centeredness, and tranquility.
- Accomplishment/Achievement: To be involved in and succeed in activities and undertakings that are personally significant, regardless of whether or not they bring recognition from others.
- Creativity/Self-Expression: To use my imagination to find new ways to do things and generate better ways to explore life.
- Autonomy/Independence: To be self-directed and have freedom of will, thought, and actions for good. To be able to make decisions and live with the consequences of those decisions.
- Integrity: To do what I say I will do. To consistently live by and demonstrate my values.
If you’re interested in identifying your top five core values, click on the link for the values assessment we use in our classes, workshops, and trainings: value-tags-new-size-4-15-12. If you’d like a more interesting way to assess your values, cut them out, then sort and rank order your top five core values. And then share them with your partner, family, and/or friends; it may lead to some INTERESTING conversations!
Now, it’s your turn…what are your top five core values and why are they important?