This is a pretty neat exercise to help you identify your core values. We had to do this exercise in one of my paralegal classes to help us decide what areas of law we would like to focus on. It’s really helpful and interesting.
You will need a piece of paper and a pen.
Here are the directions:
1. Review the list of values below . You may add any values that you feel may be missing from the list.
PEACE HAPPINESS INTEGRITY WEALTH
JOY LOVE SUCCESS RECOGNITION
FRIENDSHIP FAMILY FAME TRUTH
AUTHENTICITY WISDOM POWER
STATUS INFLUENCE JUSTICE
2. Write down the 8 values that are very important to you on your piece of paper. This is your personal set of values.
3. Allow yourself 2-3 mins to narrow the list down to 5. Place a star next to them.
4. Allow yourself another 2-3 mins to narrow the list to 3. Underline them.
5. Take a minute to eliminate 1 more. Circle the two remaining values. These are your core values.
Why two? Two is much easier for you to remember. You can mentally put one value in each pocket before you start your day. If you remember these two values, they will help you out when making the most difficult of decisions. If you look closely, you probably did not really get rid of any of the values within your personal set. you’ve merely combined two or three values into one.
If you really want to take this to a different level, you can visit O*NET Online. This site was created for the public and maintained by the Dept of Labor, Employment & Training Administration. You can research occupations that interest you and also allow you to put your core values to work. Note the areas which describe occupation interests & work values.
p.s. My core values are: FAMILY & INTEGRITY. What are yours?