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Uncovering Your Personal Values and Beliefs: A Step-by-Step Guide

As we wrap up this month's personal development strategies, designed to help you succeed in achieving your annual goals, it's vital to pause and reflect on the principles that uphold your character and guide your actions. By taking a moment to identify and assess what principles matter to you, you can gain a deeper understanding of yourself and unlock your full potential.

How do I identify my core values and beliefs?

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The Importance of Core Values

Core values are guidelines that you should use to make decisions and become the best version of yourself. They clarify what matters most and helps you stay focused on your life goals. Your core values are often influenced by various factors such as your: cultural background, past experiences, religion, or personal preferences. For instance, some individuals may prioritize honesty, success, and respect, whereas others may prioritize service, creativity, and loyalty. It's essential to recognize your unique set of core values to find like-minded individuals and opportunities that align with your aspirations. By doing so, you're providing yourself with an opportunity to achieve your goals and lead a fulfilling life.

Success is not just achieving your goals but becoming a better person in the process.

How Core Values Shape Your Beliefs

It is crucial to reflect on what you hold most dear in life. These core values are not only helpful when you need to make decisions but they play a role in your ability to maintain confidence and lead a life of discipline. For instance, if accountability is one of your key priorities in life, and you have devised a plan to accomplish a certain task, it will give you a great sense of achievement to follow through even during times when you are feeling unmotivated or uninspired. If you fail to adhere to this value, it could affect your mental strength and cause you to doubt yourself, leading to a lack of self-confidence.

Life will provide you with many opportunities to clarify, strengthen, and prove what you stand for and believe in.

As you embark on a journey of self-awareness and discovery, you will appreciate the importance of knowing the principles that guide your decisions. It's one thing to claim who you are, and it's another to be in situations that depend on your actions to prove it. That's why it's crucial to understand what you want and why you want it, but it's even more vital to determine if the person you are and the values you hold align with your desires.

Your goals should enhance and reflect your beliefs, not create doubts about them.

It can be challenging to find a set of principles that are meaningful to you, while you're on the path of understanding what matters to you and why. Our external environment often shapes our thoughts and beliefs, which can be useful; however, it may not align with how you envision yourself moving forward in life.

Here is a Step-By-Step Guide....

to help you identify the values that support your personal development journey towards success:

  1. Take a moment to reflect on what you want from the people you care about. What specific qualities do you consider important? Is it love, kindness, honesty, loyalty, courage, or something else? By identifying the characteristics you desire in others, you can develop a deeper understanding of what you value in your relationships and determine the qualities most important to you.

  2. Consider the actions and behaviors that you want to encounter in your business dealings. Whether it's with a teacher, boss, peers, or co-worker. What are the principles that matter most to you in a professional setting? This exercise will help you identify the core values that make you feel comfortable and supported in these environments and reveal the values you may bring into the workplace.

  3. Rank the values you have chosen from steps 1 and 2. Determine which are most important to you. Are there any that you could live without? Which ones do you require at all times?

  4. Take a moment to reflect and really think through your choices. It's important to be honest with yourself throughout this process. You should only commit to principles that reflect what matters most to you.

  5. After you’ve had time to decide, finalize the values that reflect your character and are most important to you. I recommend choosing less than 5 to prioritize.

  6. For each value that you have chosen, please write this statement on a sheet of paper: "I believe that I am my best self when I am operating from a place of (insert core value) because (insert your reason why this core value helps you walk in confidence and upholds your best self). Write this statement for each core value that you have selected in step 5.

  7. Prepare yourself for life experiences to give you the chance to live according to your selected core values. This allows you to assess if what you have written aligns with your beliefs or if you need to clarify and refine them further.

Access our FREE Core Values & Beliefs Worksheet today to help you identify what you prioritize

Values play a vital role in our lives as they give us a sense of direction and purpose. They enable us to make decisions that align with our goals and priorities, which can lead to greater satisfaction, fulfillment, and happiness in our personal and professional lives.

In addition, values help us to communicate more effectively with others and build stronger relationships. When we share similar values with others, we are more likely to connect with them on a deeper level and have more meaningful interactions. On the other hand, when we understand and respect the values of others, we can establish trust and work collaboratively towards common objectives.

Core values are crucial to your success, influencing your thoughts, actions, and relationships. By exploring and comprehending your values, you improve your ability to lead a more genuine, purposeful, and satisfying life.


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Dr. Amirah B. Abdullah

Amirah B. Abdullah, DrPH

A Mindfulness Coach with a passion for helping you build the muscle that influences everything you do. For Your Inner G is committed to helping individuals improve their mental, spiritual, and emotional well-being to support and encourage adulting success.

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