Intentional Identity - Your Motivations

core values intentional identity Jul 06, 2023

Core values are those deeply held, intrinsic motivations that drive each decision we make and how we prioritize our lives.

Our upbringing, experiences, lifestyle, geography, and every other factor in our life, affect how we see the world and decide what is most valuable to us.

If we are living a life that is incongruent with our core values we will feel unbalanced. This is where stress and anxiety will enter our lives and cause ongoing conflict.

However, once we identify our core values, our motivation in any given situation becomes more clear. we realize why a relationship is not working, we walk away from activities that are disruptive, we begin to intentionally chose those activities, people, and situations that support our core values and our lives come into balance and harmony.

First, make a quick list of those 5-10 values that initially come to mind.

Second, expanding on your initial list, or refining word choice, review this list of Core Values.  See if any new ideas or clarifications come to you.

  • Dependability
  • Reliability
  • Loyalty
  • Commitment
  • Open-mindedness
  • Consistency
  • Honesty
  • Efficiency
  • Innovation
  • Creativity
  • Good humor
  • Compassion
  • Spirit of adventure
  • Motivation
  • Positivity
  • Optimism
  • Passion
  • Respect
  • Fitness
  • Courage
  • Education
  • Perseverance
  • Patriotism
  • Service to others
  • Environmentalism
  • Integrity
  • Accountability
  • Candor
  • Dignity
  • Honor
  • Responsibility
  • Achievement
  • Accomplishment
  • Capable
  • Challenge
  • Competence
  • Credibility
  • Determination
  • Development
  • Intelligence
  • Brilliance
  • Clever
  • Common sense
  • Decisiveness

You should be arriving at a place in your analysis where you feel confident and true to the core values you have selected.  it should be clear why they are important to you and what it feels like when they are violated.  Your only role now is to own them, and use them to guide you toward success!