A 5-Part Process for Revealing Your Core Values: Part II

{This blog post is Part II of a two-part series on Core Values. If you haven’t read and completed Part I, you can do that here.}

Now that you’ve had a week to sit with your top 3 core values, we’d like for you to evaluate how they are currently showing up in your life…

Step Three 

Using your ranked list, create a table grid (similar to below), starting with your core values on the left (make this your first colum). Then create 3 more columns, each for, “current day job” “entrepreneurial project” and “personal life” (family, self-care, friendships, etc.).

For example, I  identify innovation as my #1 core value and so I’ve marked the “entrepreneurial gig” category with an “x” because that shows up for me in my work with Namastream.

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Step Four

Once you have your table filled out, it’s time to identify what’s missing!

What core values are you missing from your current day job? For each core value that you are missing, try to expand on the concept, brainstorming ways you can incorporate that core value into your work. Maybe your #1 core value is missing from your current day job, how does that make you feel?

How about what is missing from your entrepreneurial journey? You should have more freedom with your entrepreneurial work. Are the core values that are missing here something you can easily work to add into your new business? Or perhaps you can shift your approach to find them present after all?

We find many people start off on their entrepreneurial journey thinking they are following their core values, only to discover so many of their key core values are missing. It’s very common, so don’t be disappointed or discouraged if this is your outcome. You are capable of adjusting to align your entrepreneurial journey with your values.

Now it’s time to look at which core values are missing in you personal life. This tends to be the section where we have to be the most brave. A lot of raw emotions can come up here. We all want our personal lives to fulfill and nurture us, and discovering that elements are missing can be quite jarring. Really be honest with yourself…what core values that are missing from this aspect of your life. How does it make you feel?

Step 5

Now that you’ve identified your core values and evaluated how they’re currently showing up for you in your life, you’re ready to dive into an exploration of success. You know your values — an important first step — but how do you use them to build a business that fits into your definition of success? You first need to know what success means. How do you define success? Have you ever questioned your assumptions about what it means to be successful? With your core values in mind answer the following questions:

  • What is your definition of success? What does it FEEL like?
  • What are you tired of?
  • What do you not want any longer?
  • What do you know for sure about the lifestyle you want?
  • What do you know for sure about the business you want?
  • What difference and impact do you want to make through your work?
  • What makes you sad?
  • What keeps you awake at night?
  • What fires you up?
  • Do you prioritize time or money?
  • What do you know for sure about how you want to be seen in the world? By your family, students, clients and yourself?

Whew, this exercise covers a lot of ground. What realizations presented themselves for you? Did this exercise  make you question your assumptions about what it means to be successful? If so, share that with us, you can tweet us @Namastream our use #soulfulMBA in your tweet. Or be really courageous and share your core values in a Instagram post (use #soulfulMBA and tag us).

The realizations you’ve discovered from your core values work should bring awareness to build a business that inspires joy and feeds your soul. Keep your values up on the bathroom mirror, write them in your journal, scribble them across the top of your calendar, or anywhere visible. You want to create constant reminders for yourself of what’s important. As you go about your days, be aware of when you feel inner harmony or inner conflict and know that this is a signal that you may not be aligned with your values. Notice any physical or emotional signs when you are not aligned. This is your guidance system kicking in and saying something’s not quite right.

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