Personal Core Values Exercise

Personal Core Values Exercise

When I was at our Legacy Republic Reunion back in July, we did an exercise called Personal Core Values Exercise. It is designed to help motivate you for the day, week, month, year…. however you choose to use this. The Personal Core Values Exercise helps you decide what it is that drives you, and what you want others to see and know about you. What kind of feeling do you want others to have about you when you approach them?

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The exercise itself is simple, but can take some time for you to really think about the challenge in it. And the great thing about this is the ability to reprioritize yourself as needed. When you are completing your daily tasks, think about what values it contributes to. Or how are you making sure to incorporate those values in your life?

The Exercise

NOTE: This works best the first time if you do this in order, without reading ahead.

Start by downloading the pdf here: 

Now go through the list and note the top 10 core values that speak to you. When you are talking to someone, or working with someone, what values do you want them to see in you? What do you want to portray and personify? When you walk away (hang up the phone, etc.), how do you want that person to feel about you?

Got your 10? Great! Now cross off 3 of them. Get your top 7.

Wait, did I say top 7? Nah, let’s go with your top 5!

It’s getting hard to cross these off, isn’t it?

Now, take those top 5 and put them in order of most important to least important.

It’s hard, right? I found this very difficult. There are so many things that I want people to know about me, or feel about me. It’s not easy to choose which is most important.

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Now What?

So why did we do this? Now you have a focus. When you are making personal or business connections, you can use these core values to drive your conversations. Did you list family first? Then figure out how you can make your conversations focus on family. Was your most important timeliness? Then do whatever it takes to make sure that you are on time for your meetings. And not only for the meetings, but with any additional follow-up you may need to do. Use these core values that you have decided are most important to you to drive your “why” in everything that you do.


I keep this core values list posted at my desk, within sight. My current list of important core values is with it as well. I don’t write on my master sheet so I can look through it as I need to. For some people, it will be best to re-evaluate these values on a daily basis. Some weekly, monthly, or they could even make a great yearly goal. As time goes on, and your role in your family, your job, your life changes, so will your core values.


The purpose of this exercise is to give you something to focus on. By all means, this is not an all-encompassing list, and it isn’t necessary to follow your values in every single thing you do. It is meant to give you a place to start, a place to focus. If you know what you want, and what you are looking for, it’s easier to achieve it.

Personal Core Values
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I’d love to hear what your top Core Values are! Leave me a comment!

When we did this at Reunion in July, mine were:

  1. Family
  2. Adventure
  3. Nurturing
  4. Punctuality
  5. Confidence
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Some of the others I originally circled but ended up crossing out were:

  1. Cleanliness/Orderliness
  2. Concern for others
  3. Fun
  4. Knowledge
  5. Love

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What do you think?