Personal Core Values Can Act as a Guide

Personal Core Values Can Act as a Guide

“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” ~ Roy Disney

Considering all the time spent at work, spending it somewhere that aligns with one’s personal core values is quickly becoming more and more of a factor in where people decide to work, which brings a few questions to mind. How important is it that one’s values match those of his or her place of employment? Is it a luxury most can’t afford, or a practice that can help you identify what is most important to you?

Work-related stress is something that is often felt long after we’ve left the office and is often seen as just part and parcel of having a job. But what if that stress is caused from a fundamental disconnect between one’s personal core values and those of where they work? Is it worth making a lot of money if it’s at a job you hate? Or do you love the time you put in regardless of the stress? Really looking at your core needs and desires in your career can help you assess the pros and cons before you. Realizing that money isn’t the greatest motivator for you, but feeling appreciated at work is, gives you clarity into how to proceed. Sometimes finding out what doesn’t work for you is just as helpful as knowing what does, and defining one’s core values can help in that process.

When you combine knowing what your current objective is with knowing what your core values are, you gain powerful insight into not only your career but about yourself, as well. Being able to identify goals, wins, and even disconnects in your work life can act as a guide for where you ultimately want to be.

For more on how to identify personal core values, check out this post.