Are You Living Life with Your True Core Values?

Are you living your life with your true values?

Core Values. Is this just a term to trip you up? No, core values are actually what drives your life. People talk about core values and core belief systems interchangeably which can make them confusing so for the sake of simplifying, I will use the term core values.

Core values are emotionally-charged.

Core values are emotionally-charged, one-word statements that engage your heart and mind to help define your real Self. The most important ones are as unique to us as our fingerprints. No two people have the same exact combination or wording for their core values.

Just as there is no right or wrong answer to what is the best make of car, the same is true for what you decide for your core values. Sure, we all have strong opinions as to which is the better make of car or which core values are the best; but no one’s opinion is wrong.

Some examples of core values include, but are not limited to:

  • Justice
  • Freedom
  • Safety
  • Family
  • Integrity
  • Accomplishments

Lori Chance’s view of core values.

I like how author Lori Chance from describes core values and beliefs. She uses the analogy of a car engine.

The core values are the engine that drives your life forward. Your many different values and beliefs are the many individual parts of the car. This is what keeps moving you forward and keeps your engine in tune. You need all these moving parts to provide the necessary energy and direction.

Cars need regular, planned maintenance so that they are able to run well and reliably. The same is true for core values. Just like cars can easily get out of alignment, so can your Self. One broken part will cause your emotional motor to seize up and stop your engine dead in its tracks. 

Ponder that for a moment. What is your take on her analogy? Lori Chance’s analogy really spoke to me and really made me think about my own core values. Stay tuned for my next post to hear what her words sparked for me.

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