Reason for Reading: Do You Know What Your Core Values Are?


I took out a pad & pen and started answering the questions posed in this article. The author explains that it takes about an hour to answer all the questions & that’s pretty accurate. I guess it could be a two-part process because most people I know don’t have one whole hour to dedicate to this kind of activity. Moreover, it’s psychologically straining to think about all the efficient and inefficient things we do. It can sometimes drag us down (i.e. depress) and we don’t want that, right?

I answered the questions very diligently because that’s the kind of person I am but I put the pad aside and came back to it because I felt that a few hours of reflection could help me fine-tune the process even further. It proved to be true!

The quote by Gandhi also hit home (i.e.struck me). Let me share it with you:

“Your beliefs become your thoughts. Your thoughts become your words. Your words become your actions. Your actions become your habits. Your habits become your values. Your values become your destiny.”

Read the article and try the exercise. It was very helpful to me as i hope it will be for you.

Here is the original article by Kevin Daum entitled Define Your Personal Core Values: 5 Steps

Vocabulary Boost:

  • surroundings: environment, milieu, 
  • a freak: an enthusiast, fanatic
  • to live up to: to match in behavior, to reach a standard
  • compelling: captivating, persuasive
  • accomplishment: to complete a task or goal
Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), political and ...

Mohandas K. Gandhi (1869-1948), political and spiritual leader of India. Location unknown. Français : Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869-1948), Guide politique et spirituel de l’Inde. Lieu inconnu. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Fluency Builder:

  1. Does your company have core values? What are they?
  2. Do people in the organization live by them when at work? Give examples.
  3. Does your family have shared core values that you’ve discussed with all the components?
  4. What is one of your personal core values that is important but difficult to uphold?

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