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  • Writer's pictureWhitney Kippes

What do YOU value? ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ๐Ÿ’ฐ

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How do you know what your core values are?

Seriously, though life presents an endless series of choices โ€“ both the big ones and the everyday โ€“ which require you to make decisions. While there are a lot of factors that are involved, including many that are not in your control, assessing big decisions within the context of your core values can be incredibly beneficial.

These values can tell you what kind of person you are or want to be and provide guidelines for how you want to act and the decisions you want to take.

Whether you choose to live in alignment with your values is up to you.

But it's gonna take some time and attention to make it happen.


For a long time, "values" seemed like a questionable premise at best. With there being such a disconnect between the values claimed by large institutions - Amazon claims value to being the Earth's best employer - and the reality we see in the day-to-day, some of that meaning of the term seems to be dulled.

But as an individual, only you can decide what you value because only you know what is truly important to you.

And only you can decide whether you want to align aspects of your life with what you value. Maybe its not important to you to live your values. That's cool. But maybe it feels like you want to close the gap between what you value and what you live day-to-day. Artistotle is often quoted saying "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit." The same is true with values.

What do you repeatedly do? Think about your everyday choices - how you spend your time, where you shop, who you listen to, how you spend your money. Does that align to what you value?


When it comes to values (and anything else, tbh), you get to decide how you want to approach investing your energy here. Some of y'all have probably been working to live your values for years. Some of y'all aren't seeing the value (pun intended).

Regardless of where you are on that spectrum, one of the best qualities of leaders is their self-awareness, and understanding your values can be a big step on the path toward knowing your strengths, weaknesses, and priorities.

Our values can shift and change over time, so it can be incredibly useful to return to reflecting on what is most important to you today.

Not sure what your values are? We've got a reflection tool you can use to narrow in on what is important to you. (worksheet)

Live it. Because core values tie into your personality . (video)

Practice living your values everyday. Because Brenรฉ Brown always knows how to live your values . (article)'

Be compassionate with yourself. Ditch the perfectionism . (podcast)

Boss at work. Flex your career values in the office. (article)

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