The Power of Core Values
What is more important to you?
- Abundance or Resilience?
- Individuality or Community?
- Integrity or Loyalty?
- Fearlessness or Courage?
- Happiness or growth?
There is absolutely no good or bad answer.
Core values are deeply held beliefs that tell us what is “right” and what is “wrong”. They are our code of conduct, with ourselves and with others, and are unique to each person. No-one could tell you which one is better and each has its place in the world.
For example, let’s say you want to be creative and come up with new and improved environmental solutions. Then having an “individuality”/ ”ambition”/ ”competition” focused mindset may be an excellent way forward because they could lead to a unique look at things and a capacity to defy the time pressures we face with the environment. But you could also look at it from a “collaborative”/ ”community”/ ”knowledge” point of view and pull together the collective intelligence of a group of individuals to come up with solutions. Each approach will likely bring different but equally relevant results.
But what about you? What are your values? What guidance system do you follow to lead your life? The answer to this question will have a big impact on your life.
In this study, Tim Kasser, Professor of psychology at Knox College, Illinois, and author of “The high price of materialism”, tells us that intrinsic values – values that are oriented towards personal growth, relationships or community involvement – have important positive implications on our personal well-being for example. Knowing and affirming ones core values can also increase our capacity for self-control and pain tolerance, as discovered by Professors Kathleen Vohs and Brandon Schmeichel in this study!
Core Values matter more than we may imagine. Not only can they help us lead a more purposeful and meaningful life, they can also help us make better decisions, improve our relationships or even find the right partner and friends
Do you know your top 10 Core Values?
If yes, this is great! You have with you a very efficient compass which will help you everyday to take control of your life and live it to the best.
If no, no worries, you can find in the LiveMore app how to identify them and put them in practice.
My guided tracks will help you: Finding your core values, use your core values to improve your relationships & use your core values to make great decisions.
- Kasser, T. and R. M. Ryan: 1996, ‘Further examining the American dream: Differential correlates of intrinsic and extrinsic goals’, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin 22, pp. 280–287
- Boyle, P.A.; Barnes, L.L.; Buchman, A.S. and Bennet,D.A.’ Purpose in Life Is Associated With Mortality Among Community-Dwelling Older Persons’ Psychosom Med. 2009 June ; 71(5): 574–579.