Before you start, some food for thought: Research has shown that there is not a set of professional values and personal values. We only have one set. We don’t shift our values based on context.

  1. Determine your core values.

From the list below, choose and write down every core value that resonates with you. Do not overthink your selections. As you read through the list, simply write down the words that feel like a core value to you personally. If you think of a value you possess that is not on the list, be sure to write it down as well.

  1. Group all similar values together from the list of values you just created.

Group them in a way that makes sense to you, personally. Create a maximum of five groupings. If you have more than five groupings, drop those least important. See the example below.

  1. Choose one word within each grouping that best represents the label for the entire group. Again, do not overthink your labels. There are no right or wrong answers. You are defining the answer that is right for you. See the example below – the label chosen for the grouping is bolded.

  2. Document and Define Your Core Values.

Solidify your commitment to your core values by writing them down, along with what they mean to you, and a couple “gut-checks” to see if you’re on track with it.

For example, one of my core values is Authenticity.