Creating a vision for your business and for your life through identifying your core values

Imagine if you only have 30 days of memories available to you. What would you say are your core values? 

Would your values be obvious in the last 30 days of the things you posted? It’s imperative to take the time to amplify the stories, products, and values that are important to you as a small business. Think about the actions you take to support your values. 

Are you making time to do the things that are important to you? Remember that it is important to the health of yourself and your business. There are changes you can make to live with purpose. Who are you celebrating? Who are you making sure feels appreciated? 

Be sure to define your purpose, values, and vision for your future. This includes personal and business.

When you take the time to think about what your core values are it can increase your confidence and make decisions easier. You can say “no” to everything that does not align with your values. It takes time and reflection to figure out what these values are. Here is a simple way to think about it. 

Core values are unique to people's experiences and influences. Values can change over your life and as your business grows and develops. Here is a short list of core values to help you get started. 

  • Caring, 
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Curiosity
  • Dependability
  • Empathy
  • Encouragement
  • Enthusiasm
  • Ethics
  • Family
  • Flexibility
  • Freedom
  • Fun
  • Generosity
  • Growth
  • Happiness
  • Health
  • Professionalism
  • Wealth
  • Well-being
  • Wisdom

Follow these steps to create a list of your core values. Select the values that most accurately describe your feelings or behaviors.

  1. Write down your values.
  2. Think about the people you most admire.
  3. Think about your experiences.
  4. Group values into related circles.
  5. Identify the theme.
  6. Choose your top core values.

Here are some of the benefits of knowing your values: 

Helps you find purpose: what you want from life and your business 

Guides and directs behavior: this helps you mimic the behavior that matches who you want to be

Helps you make decisions: Does this align with my values, yes or no?