Values Activity

Communication Essentials:  Creating success through VALUES

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Tool One:  Identify your bottom line:  Define life goals through values

 

Your values are what is most important to you.  Values guide actions and reactions.  Values are motivation.

It’s said we all wake up listening to the radio station:  WIIFM or What’s In It For ME.  In other words, if there is nothing ‘in it’ for you, you will not want to do it, or at least not with any commitment or joy.

Values define your WIIFM’s.  Your values ensure you focus on what motivates and gives joy.

When your values are met, you feel satisfied.  When your values are not met – you feel unsettled to say the least!

To stay true to who you means staying true to your values.  Three easy steps and a little time, commitment and focus leads to your success!

1.     Identify your values,

2.     Defining where in life values are met/unmet,

3.     Taking steps to match life actions with values.

GET STARTED NOW!

Congratulations for beginning your journey.  This activity will get you started.

This activity is taken from Peter Senge’s Fifth Discipline Fieldbook.  It was contributed from someone who had worked with Blessing and White, a career development firm.

I recommend spending at least 20 minutes on this activity, and no more than an hour.

Important things to keep in mind:

  • Define these values/terms any way you want.
  • Do not edit where you are or are not in your life as you view these values.
  • Do not judge yourself or your current life as you identify values.
  • Do NOT think about other people in your life and their values while identifying your values.
  • Be honest with yourself.  There is no right or wrong.
  • Focus on what you want your life to include – what you believe to be valuable and important to you at this moment, regardless if it is NOT in your life today, in the past, or in the near future.

To begin:

 

  1. Read through list quickly once.
  2. Check off the ten (10) values which define WIIFM and are important to you.
  3. Define these values – write a concise and short definition.  If this is important to you, the definition should roll off your tongue, or the tip of your pen.  This will be clear when you are able to write a definition in 25 words (max) in 3 minutes of less (maximum).
  4. From these 10 values, identify your top 5 values and number them in importance from 1 to 5 with 1 being the most important.
  5. Now we are ready to meet!  Bring your list to our scheduled first meeting!

Personal Values AssessmentThe key to creating a dynamic life!

Physical challenge

Pleasure

Power and authority

Privacy

Public service

Purity

Quality of what I take part in

Quality relationships

Recognition (respect from others, status)

Religion

Reputation

Responsibility and accountability

Security

Self-respect

Serenity

Sophistication

Stability

Status

Supervising others

Time freedom

Truth

Wealth

Wisdom

Work under pressure

Work with others

Working alone

Achievement, Advancement and promotionAdventureAffection (love and caring)

Arts

Challenging problems

Change and variety

Close relationships

Community

Competence

Competition

Cooperation

Country

Creativity

Decisiveness

Democracy

Ecological awareness

Economic security

Effectiveness

Efficiency

Ethical practice

Excellence

Excitement

Expertise

Fame

Fast living

Fast-paced work

Financial gain

Freedom

Friendships

Growth

Having a family

Helping other people

Helping society

Honesty

Independence

Influencing others

Inner harmony

Integrity

Intellectual status

Involvement

Job tranquility

Knowledge

Leadership

Location

Loyalty

Market position

Meaningful work

Merit

Money

Nature

Open and honest (being around people who are)

Order (tranquility, stability, conformity)

Personal development (living up to the fullest use of my potential)

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2 Responses to “Values Activity”

  1. susan weiman March 12, 2013 at 1:43 am #

    Linda is an excellent communications coach. She helped me cut through the chase to the essential communication.

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