What are personal values

Personal Values ​​- The List of 120 Values ​​and Why You Should Define Your Values

Personal values describe, HOW we deal with people, want to act on the way to our goals and want to shape our lives. However, we are not always aware of these personal values. But since theyhelpful or hindering on the personal path can be, it is helpful to know one's values

What are your values Why do they promote self-confidence and what other advantages do values ​​have? We invite you to a short, simple exercise. Use the three-step guide to define your personal values.

1. Why are personal values ​​important?

With your personal values ​​you define HOW you want to actHOW you want to achieve your goals, how you want to treat others. You set rules for your behavior because our intentions and goals shouldn't lead to traits or behaviors that we ourselves judge. Anyone who wants to be perceived as a self-confident and self-confident personality should reflect on their values ​​again and again and put them to the test. We would like to show you how to do this in a moment. But first of all the advantages of values.

The advantages of personal values ​​are:

  • I can make better decisions because I have a yardstick. Does something correspond to my values?
  • I can say yes and no more easily.
  • I am perceived as reliable because I act consistently.
  • I am more self-confident because I have a clear opinion on topics.
  • I can more easily decide which people suit me.

When you know your values, you can make better decisions and become more confident.

2. Survey on the topic of values

Why do you think personal values ​​are important?

Why do you think personal values ​​are important?

Exercise 3: Define my values ​​with the list of values

3.1 Step 1: Select values

In the first step, please choose your personal values. What is important to you when dealing with others? What do you want from other people in their behavior? Ask yourself how you would like others to treat you.

You can choose nouns or adjectives as values. Here is a list of possible values ​​as nouns: Appreciation, competence, honesty, discipline, balance, taking time, family, security, helpfulness, success, justice, loyalty, trust, faith, love ...

Our tip: Choose one of the two - our preference: adjectives. For this reason we have selected a list of over 120 adjectives for you to choose from.

Please limit yourself to the most important 10-15 values. Use the download below to tick your values.

As a reminder: Values ​​are positive qualities that I strive for or already show.

When choosing the values, the following questions could help you to clarify what your values ​​are:

  1. How do I want to behave?
  2. How do I want to shape my way to my goal?
  3. What do I want from others and what do I expect from myself?

List with over 120 values

You can find a downloadable list for printing below.

Download template for your value selection (The List)

Tick ​​your 10-15 most important values ​​in this template

3.2 Step 2: Create groups and choose three main values

You have now selected the important 10-15 values. Now form groups and name them with a main value.

Example: The following groups could be formed from the above list or collection of values:

  • fair, friendly, respectful, exemplary, honest (main value = fair)
  • self-confident, self-confident, decisive, calm (main value = self-confident)
  • creative, innovative, willing to learn, curious, competent (main value = creative)

This is also a suggestion that I give in coaching. More than three main values ​​or over values ​​are impractical. It is therefore advisable to work with three "main values". This is particularly helpful when we want to get feedback from others.

3.3 Step 3: Formulate your values

These values ​​are nowformulated using the other adjectives.

Here for the example from above.

fair: I am a friendly person who treats my fellow human beings respectfully and honestly. I try to be a role model ...

confident: I am confident and decisive. I rest in myself ...

creative: I'm constantly learning and I'm curious ...

3.4 Step 4: Live your values

You have now defined your three main values. Now you can align your own doing and not doing with it. You can decide faster and more clearly because you are aware of your values. You can consider which people in your environment share your values ​​and which do not. You become more confident about your behavior.

Stanford Professor Kelly McGonigal sees this exercise as one of the most powerful psychological aids ever studied: reflect on the day's events in relation to one's values.

4. Examples of "personal values"

Here are a few more examples on the subject of values

Reinhard Rosenbaum's values ​​(self-employed)

  • competently: I know what I am talking about, writing and what I am doing. I consistently develop myself further.
  • precious: Offer my partners something in return for all deals.
  • fair: Share my wealth with others and not hang on to the big bells. I always put a large part of my income aside.

Sabine (mother and employed graphic designer)

  • straightforward, loyal, truthful: If it's mine, I'll name the problem, advocating decisions that lead to good overall results. It is important to me to be honest and to stand completely behind the people who enjoy my trust.
  • warmhearted: ...
  • competently: ... I write down every day ...

Company founder values ​​(10 employees)

  • organized: Set priorities, hand over tasks, be prepared, cooperative cooperation, try to exude calm and security.
  • appreciative: Communicate at eye level and according to rules, have no favorites in the team, keep agreements, define agreements and stick to them.
  • responsible: Can assess the impact of decisions, develop decision criteria, look for alternatives before making a decision, can live with risks.

Values ​​from the blueprints team

One of the values ​​of the blueprints team is "be open". Formulated this means for us: Our communication is characterized by freedom and the will to improve. We say what we find good or less good and give reasons for our opinion. We look forward to feedback that relates to specific content and procedures of ours Teams relate and want to learn from them and become better.

Values ​​and vision from the blueprints team

Values ​​in companies

You can find examples on the subject of corporate values ​​in the following post:

5th blueprints Pareto tip: personal values

A blueprints Pareto tip briefly summarizes the most important suggestions on the topic. It is a kind of memo that we recall on several occasions in the Good Morning Gazette.

"Know your values, because they help you make decisions, express your opinion clearly, choose the right words and much more."

6. Books on "Personal Values"



7. Experiences and further ideas on the subject of "personal values"

How do you see the topic of personal values? What is your experience?

Should you change values ​​from time to time? What else is important in connection with personal values?