How To Determine Your Core Life Values

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I want to share with you an exercise on how to determine your core life values. Through this process, we are going to discover whether your current values are propelling you forward, or holding you back.

Our values form the foundation of our lives; they determine the decisions that we make and the direction that our lives take. In the words of John C. Maxwell, “Your core values are the deeply held beliefs that authentically describe your soul.”

The first step is to acknowledge and take responsibility for the life that you have created. If your values aren’t in alignment with your vision, there will be resistance, in the form of a tremendous amount of push, effort, and willpower. Alternatively, when you align with what you truly desire in life, you will experience more ease, less effort, and a greater sense of fulfillment.

If you want to determine your core life values, start by figuring out what's REALLY important to you. When you do so, you can choose beliefs and habits that ensure that your life aligns with those values. Are you ready to determine your core life values?

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I originally learned about this core life values exercise from a few different schools of thought in the NLP community. When I went to Tony Robbins’ seminar, Date With Destiny, he shared this process in more depth.

Start by asking yourself this question – “What has been most important thing in my life?” Write down the first thing that comes up for you. It could be happiness, success, money, family, security or something completely different.

Ask yourself the same question again, “What else has been important for me in my life?” Rinse and repeat this self-reflection process, until you have created a list of things. When you engage in this exercise, tap into the core emotions that come up for you, and write them down as well.

Once you have your list of things, sit back and ask yourself, “What has been the most important value in my life?” Understanding the hierarchy of your values is critical to determining what you need to focus the most attention on.

Let me provide you with a personal example. The #1 thing that has allowed me to get to where I am today has been my commitment to personal growth and development. This year alone, I have invested tens of thousands of dollars in seminars and workshops. The reason I do that is because growth is a very important value for me.

I also really value success and money, which comes from my desire for freedom and achievement. That is what led me to make the decision to become an entrepreneur. Because of that choice, I had to sacrifice a lot, and work hard to create the life that I have today. Watch my YouTube video above to learn what my 7 core values are!

You want to come up with at least 7 values. Everyone is different. There is no right or wrong. Your most important values are based on the life that you desire.

Once you’ve looked at your list of values, and identified some of the conflicts that you’ve been experiencing, ask yourself, “What is the vision for my life?” You may discover that there are a few things on your list that you didn’t previously think about.

For example, if your vision is to travel the world with the love of your life, and build a successful online business that impacts the world, you need to place more emphasis on the values of love, health, and contribution. From the list of values that you have, ask yourself, “Which of these values is the most important?”

This is the process for how to determine your core life values. By engaging in this exercise, hopefully it will help you better understand how you have been living your life, and what needs to change in order to create the life of your dreams. I encourage you to take out a pen and paper, put yourself in a distraction-free environment, and spend some time reflecting on your values.

If you want to go deeper, and are committed to mastering every area of our life, check out my monthly Life Mastery Accelerator program. Keep in mind that finding and living your core values is an ongoing exercise.

As life changes, so do your values, and that is OK. The important thing is that you take the necessary steps in order to bring yourself closer to living in alignment with your true self. Roy E. Disney said it best – “It’s not hard to make decisions once you know what your values are.”

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  • DV Angelique

    Hello Stefan😄I watched your video and it made me reflect on the wrong decisions I’m making in regards to my unhappiness. I’m going to try and better myself by going after what WILL make me happy and not waste my energy on insignificant things/people….Thanks for this AWESOME Video!!!!!😘👍👍

    • Team Project Life Mastery

      You can do it!

  • John Gunter

    Great video. I like self improvement suggestions and core values are definitely something to look at. I’ve got my list. Thanks.

    • Team Project Life Mastery

      Thank you, John.