My Core Values

Yesterday I shared with you the importance of determining your personal Core Values. If you missed that post, you can find it here, along with the Free Printable Worksheets.

Today, I’m going to share with you my own personal Core Values that I came up with by completing these worksheets, and what they mean to me.

1. Fulfill Vision.
I was debating between the word Vision and Personal Development. I chose Vision because I think it encompasses the bigger picture of my life… my whole goals, desires, and God’s plan for my life. Personal Development and growth will definitely be included in that as I mature as a person and a Christian, but the word Vision speaks to it all as a whole.

2. Pursue excellence. 
Notice that I did not choose “Pursue Perfection”. Perfection is unattainable, and when I’ve pursued perfection, I’ve only been left feeling “less that” or inadequate, not good enough. As I’ve let go of “perfection” and realized the true meaning of the word excellence, I’ve grown as a person I believe. The definition of Excellence that I’m going with is “doing the best I can with what I have”. It may not be the fanciest or the best way to do things, but if it’s the best that I have, then it’s good enough for God. This includes my time, my stewardship of finances, my home life, my family, everything.

3. Realize Uniqueness.
As I learn more and more about myself, my identity, and all of the things that includes – personality typing, cognitive functions, enneagram, strengths finder, love language, spiritual gifts, etc. I realize who I am – why I do the things I do. Some things about me are good. Some not so good.  As with anyone. I want to realize my uniqueness as a person and celebrate that. And also strive for improvements on the areas where I am weak. (Ex. I’m not going to purposefully use my direct personality type as an excuse to be mean to people. That would be no good.) In addition to doing this for myself, I also want to realize the uniqueness in others – especially my immediate family, but also other people I do life with. It will help me to better understand people and not take offense to things. Hopefully, I will be able to also encourage people in their own uniqueness & potential.

4. Produce Well-Being.
This includes my spiritual health, general physical health, fitness, nutrition, but also self-care and stress-relief. I’m beginning to realize the things that cause me stress in life, and I try my best to avoid those things or work around them. It’s not always possible, but I’m doing my best, and I’ve noticed significant improvements in my stress-levels from doing this. I’m working on habits to cultivate growth in my spiritual life and work on improving my general health as well.

5. Focus on Relationships. 
I’m a very task-oriented person, but I’m coming to realize that the Relationships I have are way more important than any Rules or Routines I come up with. It’s hard to put into practice. But I’m trying.

What are your personal Core Values? I’d love to know what you’ve come up with! Share with us in our Purposeful Planning Facebook Group.
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