Would you run into a burning barn to rescue the Golden Rule? Would you jump out of an airplane to help someone in need? Would you stop a freight train to prove you mean what you say? If so, you’re getting to the very core of what you value.
Our Core Values are the personal, non-negotiable principles by which we live our lives.
Our Core Values DRIVE our BEHAVIOR. Every day we choose, through our behavior, what impression we want to leave on those around us. That behavior is determined by what we value.
Our Core Values DICTATE our RESPONSE. Life happens. We experience things that are unexpected. We interact with people who lift us up and some who seem to tear us down. Our response is determined by what we value.
At your core, what do you value? What do you want to be known for and remembered for? What do you value so deeply that you’re willing to be ridiculed, misunderstood, experience short-term pain, or, as some have, loss of life itself? In other words, what do you value so deeply that you’re willing to pay a price in order to stick to your guns?
I would be over-dramatic to say I’d fall on the sword for each of my Core Values. At a minimum, I hope I’d have the courage and faith to willingly experience short-term pain in order to stay true to my Core Values.
Here are my Core Values and my personal ‘actionable’ definition of each. Maybe they’ll inspire you to do the hard work of articulating your own.
- AUTHENTICITY – Be real and openly express my dependence on God.
- INTEGRITY – I strive to live privately what I profess publicly.
- FAMILY FIRST – Those closest to me are my priority.
- LEARNER – Life is a journey of learning. Be teachable.
- PERSONAL GROWTH – I progress daily through the process of intentional growth.
At times, these values have cost me. In the end, I’ve gained immeasurably more than what I’ve lost.
What are your Core Values? Defining who you are based on what you value is some heavy lifting that will result in a stronger you, a stronger family, and a stronger world. Experience the impact of Core Values.