Foundations of Goal Setting: What Are Your Values?

Have you ever sat down and thought about what your values are?

Do you value honesty, integrity or action? Do you value hard work? Punctuality?

What about excellence, or frugality?

What Are Values?

Values are those things that guide your actions on a daily basis. They are also the things that you either consciously or sub-consciously judge other people and their actions on, as well as yourself.

How to Find Out Your Values

If you’re not sure about what your values are, these 5 questions may give you some ideas:

  1. When I think of the people that I choose to spend time with, what qualities in them do I like the most?
  2. What qualities in them do I like the least?
  3. What influences my choice in the clothes, food and other things that I buy?
  4. What have people complimented me on in the past? Think about school reports, annual appraisals, and general comments from friends.
  5. What would you like people to say in your obituary?

There will likely be some common themes running through your answers that will guide you in determining the things that you value.

My own values are that of integrity, openness and positivity. This doesn’t mean that I don’t value other qualities or that when making decisions I don’t take other values into account, it just means that these things are most important to me.


Create a list of values by answering the questions above or by any other observations you may have made. You may have ten or more, so look to determine what your top three values are.


The first two steps were designed to get a better understanding of who you are and what you want in life. This is in preparation for the next two steps, which are going to look at how you are living your life.

What are your values and why? Share in the comments below.

Until next time, remember, if the excess baggage is weighing you down, you can always leave it in lost luggage.

Best wishes,

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