If you haven’t taken the Core Values test, you can take it here:
In life, most times, you’re faced with making a choice.
Imagine that this choice will define your future.
How can you prevent yourself from making a wrong choice you will regret dearly?
Let’s take an example. Your core values are 1) family, 2) personal growth, and 3) Freedom.
If you are offered a promotion with a better salary but need to spend two more hours at work, will you accept it?
If your core values are the ones above, your best choice would be to decline the promotion offer and spend more time with your family. Choosing money will eventually make you feel tired, unsatisfied with life, and without a specific goal.
On the other hand, if you had safety or money as your main priority, you would have been better off accepting the promotion.
Another example: you have a business with multiple employees. What do you offer them: insurance, more money, or free days (for traveling or family)? Knowing their core values will help you create a healthy workplace where your employees love working.
Honesty or friends/money/family?
- What will you do when a friend asks you to lie in court that he had his seatbelt on? (When he may get prison time..)
- How about when your boss wants to pay you (illegally) a much bigger salary?
- Will you tell your grandparents you suffered a trauma, or would you rather they wouldn’t worry about you?
I’m sure many of us see the answers to these questions in black and white. But when you are sure there’s no other answer, know that other people think the same .. about a different answer.
When faced with a dilemma, we guide ourselves by these values to make the right choice. If we don’t know our priorities, we’ll make choices that we’ll regret later.
Is it essential to know our core values for our personal growth?
When you took the Core Values Test, you picked three values from a list (which you received in your email).
These are your core values, which guide your behavior and way of thinking. The first three values on the list are your filter in life.
Now I want you to ask yourself three questions about your core values:
1) Do you live according to your values?
Do the people around you encourage you to live according to your values?
If your primary values are freedom, independence, and extreme sports, do your friends and family encourage you to be free and independent? Or do they try to keep you in a secure environment?
If your environment doesn’t uphold your values, conflictual situations can exist.
2) If the answer to the previous question was “NO,” how can you change the situation?
What should happen in your life so that you can start living according to your principles?
Could you change something so that you could go that way?
If so, then do it! If not, then what’s stopping you from doing it?
3) How would you approach life if you lived according to your values?
We all have the ideal of a “better” life. We all want our situation to be “better,” to live “better,” and we want our life to change into something better, but what does this “better” mean?
What did you see change around you to live according to your core values and principles? Can you generate that change starting now?
When you make a choice, remember your core values and make the right choice.
When someone makes a choice you disagree with, find his core values and understand his choice. You don’t have to agree with him; you just have to understand him.
Don’t forget to leave a comment with the core values you got!