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Something you can have control over this year!

The 2020's have not been the best decade so far for human beings to take control of their lives. So much seems to be out of our hands and at the mercy of others.


Luckily when it comes to our values, we always have the opportunity to take control of what is important to us.


Motivation & Personal Values - Are your core values being met?

When was the last time you thought about what you value most in life?

What’s important to you?

What is non-negotiable?

Perhaps you are wondering why you are not feeling motivated either in your work or personal life?

Of course we can’t all have jobs that we love or personal situations that are ideal, but we can take a closer look to see if the things that we value are being met.

First, we have to understand or remind ourselves what our values are and which ones are important to us.

Here is a selection of words to look at. See if you can whittle them down to your 10 most important values.

You can do this in different ways…

  1. Your 10 most important work values

  2. Your 10 most important personal values

  3. Your 10 most important life values (both personal & work if you believe they are the same.)

Start by discarding the one’s that are definitely not important to you.


  • Fairness

  • Creativity

  • Resilience

  • Dominance

  • Integrity

  • Privacy

  • Challenge

  • Camaraderie

  • Commitment

  • Co-operation

  • Fun

  • Loyalty

  • Making a Difference

  • Freedom

  • Courage

  • Competency

  • Teamwork

  • Flexibility

  • Directness

  • Conformity

  • Power

  • Motivation

  • Open Minded

  • Curiosity

  • Calmness

  • Ambition

  • Achievement

  • Enthusiasm

  • Boldness

  • Conviction

  • Honesty

  • Empathy

  • Harmony

  • Certainty

  • Discretion

  • Compassion

  • Accuracy

  • Competition

  • Intelligence

  • Self Control

  • Risk Taking

  • Happiness

  • Accountability

  • Cheerfulness

  • Being the Best

  • Reputation

  • Trust

  • Belonging

  • Popularity

  • Intuition

Now you’ve got them down to 10, try and reduce your values to 5. These really are the non-negotiable I was talking about earlier. (They don’t have to be in order of importance, unless you want them to be.)

Take a look at the 5 values that are most important to you and ask yourself…


Are my most important values in life being met?


If they are, great, or if you are prepared to forego these values for a short period then maybe you can see when they will be restored. but what if you are sacrificing your non-negotiable values unnecessarily?


This could be the perfect time for a conversation with your boss, friend, work colleague etc about what’s important to you at the moment and also a good opportunity to find out what is important to them.


It will be much easier to make a plan going forward if you can identify values early on in the relationship, but if it’s well established then maybe it’s a good time to reset the dial. Perhaps you’ll find out something surprising.


In my experience you will either find that understanding & appreciating one another’s values will bring clarity & motivation to succeed going forward or clarity & motivation to make changes in your life (personal and/or work) for your values to be met in the future.





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