Created by the Center for Spirituality & Healing and Charlson Meadows.

Identify Your Values

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Gifts and passions are only part of the equation to finding purpose.

Your values support your actions. They are your underlying driving force and what really matters to you. They can be as simple as equality for all, treating others with kindness, or picking up after yourself. Often your values relate to how you want to be remembered.

Creating a list of your values

Some sample values are:

ambitionleadership
connectionloyalty
creativitynature
freedompeace
friendshippleasure
generositysecurity
growthstability
independencewealth
inspirationwisdom

One way to identify your values is to create a list of your top ten values. Think carefully about what matters most to you and what drives your actions now. Then, narrow that list down to five values. After that, can you choose one value that rises to the top, that feels the most important for your life? If you need help coming up with your values, try a value sort activity.

Then you can write your own equation: (your gifts) + (your passion) + (your values) = (your purpose).

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