So what’s the definition of Personal Values?

Definition-of-Personal-ValuesWell, there seems to be a lot of approaches in defining Personal Values, but my position is:

  • Personal Values are the core principles that give meaning to your life
  • Personal Values are the standards that help determine your purpose and direction
  • Personal Values are the guideposts that assist you in evaluating choices in your life

Personal Values (or just “values”) can be fairly stable, yet they don’t necessarily have strict limits or defined boundaries.

Also, as you mature in life, your values may change and evolve as well.

For example, when you’re younger and first starting out in the working world, values such as success, drive and abundance – many times in the form of money and status – might be a top priority for you. You might be focused on making lots of money, buying lots of things, and climbing the status ladder to fame and fortune.

But perhaps in the years to come, you decide to settle down, get married and have a family.

When this happens, many times your values evolve as well.

You may start to redefine “success” as having a healthy family and a positive work-life balance. You may redefine “drive” as being extremely focused and dedicated to helping others succeed in building their businesses. And you may redefine “abundance” as having a strong sense of peace and relaxation in all areas of your life.

Values are the emotional currency of your life and they’re always evolving to reflect what’s important to you at any given moment.

This is why understanding your values and keeping in touch with them on an ongoing basis is an important lifelong exercise.

Personal Values Help Define You

One of the quickest ways to determine whether or not one (or several) of your Personal Values have been violated is to take notice what specific actions or circumstances make you feel angry or unhappy.

Determine-Your-Personal-ValuesThink back – when was there a time when something just felt “wrong” to you and it greatly upset you?

Did someone cross an important line for you that did not mesh with your core Personal Values? Most likely, they did – and that’s exactly why you felt angry or upset.

In fact, this same approach applies to professional environments as well.

Many times, the reason people feel unhappy or unfulfilled at work is because their values no longer align with their work – and this can be the same when you run your own business as well.

Think about it, if your values as an entrepreneur include “freedom” and “adventure”, do you think you’ll be happy stuck in a windowless office all day doing things like cold-calling prospects, filling out expense reports and managing the accounting books?

Of course not. Your values are not aligned with that type of work.

Personal-Values-Help-Define-YouOr how would you feel if “stability” and “family” were two of your main values, but you spent 3 weeks away from your family each month traveling as a commission-based salesperson.

That type of day-to-day work wouldn’t align with your Personal Values, would it? Definitely not.

So when you’re crafting your Personal Brand, you must know and understand your Personal Values, because they are the very heart and core of who you are.

Determine Your Personal Values

Now that you have an understanding of why Personal Values are so important in both your personal and professional life, it’s time to determine the Personal Values that are important to you.

determine-your-personal-core-valuesSTEP 1:

Take a look at the List of Personal Values below (or click here to download the PDF version) to get a general feeling and understanding of the words you’re going to be reviewing.

Take your time and carefully think about each word, and think about if it holds a deeper meaning and/or impact for you. If so, it may possibly be a value that’s important to you and your life.

STEP 2:

Now that you’ve had a chance to review the list, start by selecting the top (10) Personal Values that are most important to you. Don’t spend too much time overanalyzing them, just pick the top (10) that seem to strike a chord with you.

STEP 3:

Once you have your top (10), review that list and reduce it to only the top (5) Personal Values that are most important to you.

How do those (5) words feel to you?

Do they feel like they hit home for you and create a bigger, stronger feeling and reaction for you?

definition-of-personal-values-personal-brandingSTEP 4:

Now, take those (5) values and reduce it to only the top (3) Personal Values that are most important to you.

I bet that’s starting to feel like you, and your personal core – am I right?

STEP 5:

Once you have your top (3) Personal Values, think about what they mean to you, and how they play a part in your life.

Is it something that’s in your life every day? Or is it something that’s an important value to you, but you find that it’s missing from your life?

Whatever your answer, analyze these (3) Personal Values for deeper meaning, and determine how you can make sure they play a positive part in your life as much as possible.

List of Personal Values (PDF version)

Ability
Abundance
Acceptance
Accomplishment
Achievement
Acknowledgement
Adaptability
Adequacy
Adroitness
Adventure
Affection
Affluence
Alertness
Aliveness
Ambition
Amusement
Anticipation
Appreciation
Approachability
Artfulness
Articulacy
Assertiveness
Assurance
Attentiveness
Attractiveness
Audacity
Availability
Awareness
Awe
Balance
Beauty
Being-ness
Belongingness
Benevolence
Blissfulness
Boldness
Bravery
Brilliance
Briskness
Buoyancy
Calmness
Camaraderie
Candor
Capability
Care
Carefulness
Certainty
Challenge
Charity
Charm
Chastity
Cheerfulness
Clarity
Classy
Cleanliness
Cleverness
Closeness
Cognizance
Comfort
Commitment
Compassion
Competence
Complacency
Completion
Composure
Concentration
Confidence
Conformity
Congruency
Connection
Consciousness
Consistency
Contentment
Continuity
Contribution
Control
Conviction
Conviviality
Coolness
Cooperation
Copiousness
Cordiality
Correctness
Courage
Courtesy
Craftiness
Creativity
Credibility
Cunning
Curiosity
Daring
Decisiveness
Decorum
Deepness
Deference
Delicacy
Delight
Dependability
Depth
Desire
Determination
Devotion
Devoutness
Dexterity
Dignity
Diligence
Diplomacy
Direction
Directness
Discernment
Discretion
Discipline
Discovery
Discretion
Diversity
Dreaming
Drive
Duty
Dynamism
Eagerness
Economy
Ecstasy
Education
Effectiveness
Efficiency
Elation
Elegance
Empathy
Encouragement
Endurance
Energy
Enjoyment
Enlightenment
Entertainment
Enthusiasm
Exactness
Excellence
Excitement
Exhilaration
Expectancy
Expediency
Experience
Expertise
Exploration
Expressiveness
Extravagance
Extroversion
Exuberance
Evolution
Facilitating
Fairness
Faith
Fame
Fascination
Fashion
Fearlessness
Fidelity
Fineness
Finesse
Firmness
Fitness
Flexibility
Flow
Fluency
Fluidity
Focus
Fortitude
Frankness
Freedom
Friendliness
Frugality
Fun
Gallantry
Generosity
Gentility
Genuineness
Giving
Grace
Gratefulness
Gratitude
Gregariousness
Growth
Guidance
Happiness
Harmony
Health
Heart
Helpfulness
Heroism
Holiness
Honesty
Honor
Hopefulness
Hospitality
Humility
Humor
Hygiene
Imagination
Impact
Impartiality
Impeccability
Independence
Industry
Ingenuity
Inquisitiveness
Insightfulness
Inspiration
Instinctiveness
Integrity
Intelligence
Intensity
Intimacy
Intrepidness
Introversion
Intuition
Intuitiveness
Inventiveness
Joy
Judiciousness
Justice
Keenness
Kindness
Knowledgeableness
Lavishness
Leadership
Learning
Liberation
Liberty
Liveliness
Logic
Longevity
Love
Loyalty
Majesty
Mastery
Maturity
Meekness
Mellowness
Meticulousness
Mindfulness
Moderation
Modesty
Motivation
Mysteriousness
Neatness
Nerve
Obedience
Open-mindedness
Openness
Optimism
Opulence
Order
Organization
Originality
Outlandishness
Outrageousness
Passion
Peacefulness
Perceptiveness
Perfection
Perseverance
Persistence
Persuasiveness
Philanthropy
Piety
Playfulness
Pleasantness
Pleasure
Plentiful-ness
Poise
Polish
Popularity
Potency
Practicality
Pragmatism
Precision
Preeminence
Preparedness
Presence
Privacy
Proactivity
Proficiency
Professionalism
Prosperity
Prudence
Punctuality
Purity
Qualification
Quietness
Quickness
Realism
Readiness
Reason
Recognition
Recreation
Refinement
Reflection
Relaxation
Reliability
Resilience
Resolution
Resolve
Resourcefulness
Respect
Restfulness
Restraint
Reverence
Richness
Rigor
Sacredness
Sacrifice
Sagacity
Saintliness
Sanguinity
Satisfaction
Security
Self-control
Selflessness
Self-realization
Self-reliance
Sensitivity
Sensuality
Serenity
Service
Sexuality
Sharing
Shrewdness
Significance
Silence
Silliness
Simplicity
Sincerity
Skillfulness
Smartness
Sophistication
Solidarity
Solidity
Solitude
Soundness
Speed
Spirit
Spirituality
Spontaneity
Stability
Stillness
Strength
Structure
Substantiality
Success
Sufficiency
Support
Supremacy
Surprise
Superbness
Supremacy
Sympathy
Synergy
Tactfulness
Teamwork
Temperance
Thankfulness
Thoroughness
Thoughtfulness
Thrift
Tidiness
Timeliness
Traditionalism
Tranquility
Transcendence
Trust
Trustworthiness
Truth
Understanding
Uniqueness
Unity
Usefulness
Utility
Valor
Variety
Victory
Vigor
Virtue
Vision
Vitality
Vivacity
Warmth
Watchfulness
Wealth
Wholesomeness
Willfulness
Willingness
Winning
Wisdom
Wittiness
Wonder
Worthiness
Zeal
Zest
Zing

Your Definition of Personal Values

So, how did you do?

List-of-Personal-Values-Jeff-Carter-Personal-BrandingDo you now know your top (3) Personal Values?

As we’ve seen, the definition of Personal Values can be a bit different for everyone, but the most important thing to remember is to identify the Personal Values that are most important to you, and live your life according to those values.

This will bring great happiness, satisfaction and fulfillment in both your personal and professional life.

So leave me a comment below and let me know how you enjoyed this exercise in determining your Personal Values, and share your top (3) Personal Values with me too!

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