Core Values Exercise

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.












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?

6 thoughts on “Core Values Exercise

  1. I’ll have to come back later and do the core values.  I have some work I need to get done right now.  I just wanted to check in and see how you were doing.  Hope you have a great day!

  2. nice test. mine was family and love; although love vs. wealth was a real neck and neck race. i figure if you have family and love, the wealth will follow, or is already there. 🙂

  3. ryc: yeah, it’s funny because I started rationally combining and equating stuff too. well, either way, we have good core values so we rock and we’re not the bad people. 🙂

  4. Authenticity and Love… Hmmm…  I like that.  It makes sense, seeing as I have no children and am not married at the moment.  I’m sure that my cores will change as time progresses and I start having those things in my life. 

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