Identify Your Top Values & Design Your Life Around Them

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by Dana on May 7, 2012

Identifying Your Top Values (PDF)

This week’s success strategy is all about identifying your top values. Now, when I say values, I don’t mean ethical values. What I’m talking about here are the things that are most important to you and the activities you love to do. When you are expressing your top values, you feel most like yourself—alive, energized & fulfilled.

For example, two of my personal top values are family & relationships and to lead & inspire. So for me, when I’m spending quality time with family or friends, or coaching my clients or speaking in front of an audience about the things I believe in, I’m at my personal best.

Underneath the video above, you’ll find a worksheet to help you identify what your true values are. It includes over 150 values to choose from. Just follow the instructions to come up with your top four. Once you have that information, the objective is to do everything you can to orient your life around those 4 values.

Values give our lives meaning, joy, and happiness, but for many of us, we end up getting so busy with other responsibilities and unresolved issues that we’re left with little time to honor our values. When this happens, we wind up feeling irritated, frustrated, bored or complacent. Ideally, it should work in the reverse.

Your values should guide every decision you make—especially those around how you’ll spend your time, energy, money and other resources. And as you set your goals for your life and career, you want to make sure that they are fully aligned with your values. I guarantee that, if you commit to doing this, you’ll find yourself feeling more “alive,” energized and fulfilled than you likely have been in the past.


Jamie Willett January 2, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Dana, this is a GREAT and very helpful video tip!!! I also think the worksheet you provide to identify your top values is wonderful as well. Thanks for offering this -it’s so helpful to dig down and identify what you want in your life:) Jamie

Dana January 2, 2013 at 3:39 pm

So glad you enjoyed it, Jamie!