Finding My Core Values

What are my "Core Values" and how do I identify them?

I read an interesting article today where a woman was complaining about how she frequently fails to recognize a bad romantic choice until it is too late. The advice given was that she needs to define her core values and use this to determine what she seeks in a partner. 

This led me to some internal soul-searching. I'm not in a quandary over romantic partners, but rather,
what are my "Core Values?" 

At the author's suggestion, I Googled lists of core values, and you will find it quite comprehensive. The one I settled on listed about 200, but there were others that were much larger. She recommended bringing that level down to about 5.

Of the list, I finally settled on the following:

  1. Adventure
  2. Growth
  3. Independence
  4. Learning
  5. Wealth
Interestingly, I added wealth back to my list (replacing wisdom). The reason for this was that as I was comparing my identified "core values" with my list of objectives for the year, I realized that some variation of wealth made up 4 of the 6 objectives I had. 

This also led me to ponder whether there was some unconscious script in my psyche blocking wealth creation for me. Why would I have so many goals related to wealth-building, yet feel awkward placing it on my core values list?

Other values I ultimately eliminated were:
  1. Happiness
  2. Optimism
  3. Humor
  4. Wisdom (see above)
  5. Love
  6. Popularity
  7. Fame
The reason that I eliminated these was that I already feel like these are core parts of who I am already. Just because I did not choose any of these does not mean that they are lacking in my life. I just felt like the others better represent who I am, and perhaps why I make the life decisions that I do time and again.

In sum, it is a worthy exercise and one that may bring you a level of self-awareness. I know it did for me.

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