Align your actions with your core values.

Your core values are your internal compass; they guide everything you do. When your actions conflict with your core values, you may realize that you feel frustrated and unhappy.

Once you have defined your core values, you will be able to make your life simpler and more efficient by simply carrying out actions that are aligned with these values.


  1. Identify the person you respect most in life and write down their core values.
  2. Identify your best friend and write down their top three qualities.
  3. Write down the quality of which you would like more.
    Which quality do you have already, but you want more of?
  4. Write down three things that you hate.
  5. Identify the three people you dislike the most and write down why.
  6. Write down the character traits/qualities that people compliment you on most.
  7. Write down the three most important values you want to pass on to your children.
  8. Write down the qualities you think give someone the best opportunity for success in life.
  9. Write down the values you believe you will hold for the rest of your life.
  10. Write down the values you believe will be valid for the next 100 years.
  11. Write down the top 12 qualities of the “ideal” man or woman.
  12. Look at your answers from steps 1–12 and identify any recurring themes.
    Identify the values mentioned most frequently, and create a list of your top three values. These are your core values!
  13. Align your actions with your core values.
    The next time you are faced with a choice, ask yourself, “Does this align with my core values?” If it does, do it! If it doesn’t, opt for a course of action that does.


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