As a new year approaches again, it is a good time to re-evaluate values—especially after the year we’ve all endured!
Follow the five steps below to narrow down and identify the values you find most significant to your own purpose.
- Print out (or write down) the list of values below. You may find it helpful to cut out each word into its own square, allowing you to move around and prioritize the values that most resonate with you as you work through the list.
- Narrow the list down to 15 values that you identify as important to you by eliminating those that aren’t as important to you.
- Take a moment to think about this list and narrow it down again to eight values. Removing words from your list doesn’t mean they aren’t a part of your life or that you don’t respect or value the words meaning; it just means they are less important in your day-to-day than the remaining values.
- As an effort to consider what is truly the most important to you, narrow your list down again to four values. Theses final four are the most important to you at this point in your life and hold the most weight.
- Intentionally make space for the four values. Choosing behaviors, activities, words in conversations that align most with these final four will show you where your interests and passions are and allow you to live your most authentic life.
Creativity & Innovation
Mindfulness & Presence
Benevolence & Generosity
Drive & Determination
Volunteerism & Service
About the Author:
Jessica Nelsen is the Community Impact Coordinator in Health for United Way of Central Iowa. She also co-owns Sisterhood Soup, an organization working to connect women to a community of supportive sisters and empower them to discover their inherent magic.