Core values. What are they? Where do they come from? What do you do with them once you have identified them? Good question!
A lot of hoopla has been made about core values and aligning yourself with your own core values. The truth is, the alignment has already been established, probably many years in the making. In a nutshell, your core values are your identity. They are a consistent representation of all the personal and cultural and ethical values that make you who you are. Your core values are your internal beliefs that dictate how your life is to be lived.
In essence, you draw upon and use your personal core values as guidelines for staying true to yourself. These values are the basic elements that underlie how we interact with each other and they guide us in making all decisions, whether about friendships, personal or business relationships or events taking place in the world as a whole. They are our inner guide which provide us with the internal dialogue that helps us develop our opinion of what is right or wrong. But just remember, those opinions are based on your values and beliefs and not on anything that is concrete or justifiable. Just because you have certain values does not mean that other people hold the same core values or opinions.
Personal values may include:
• Belief in God (or lack of)
• Belief in the Golden Rule
• Belief in being a good steward of the earth
• Belief in a strong family spirit
• Maintaining a healthy work/life balance
• Belief in honesty
Just like personal values define what a person stands for, corporate values define what an organization stands for and may include:
• Selling only highest quality goods
• Belief in a social good
• Being environmentally sound
• Supporting local communities
• Made in the USA
• Delivering results
Core values can and often do define every aspect of a person and often drives behaviors, decisions and actions. If there is something lurking in the background of your mind but you just can't quite put your finger on it, perhaps now is the time to start questioning yourself about the things that make you uniquely you. Wondering what questions you need to ask yourself? Check out next week's blog on Clarity.