personal core values

What Are Your Personal Core Values?

What are your personal core values? If you’ve defined then, when was the last time, you gave them a thought? 

I’ve always had core values; however, they haven’t always been at the forefront of my mind when I’ve been making decisions. This can often be the case because we write them down in a journal, close the journal and then put the journal away. Or, we type them out and they stay filed away forever. You may include your values in your business plan only to review them in 12-months when it’s time to update your plan again. 

Living your core values daily will support you in creating more ease, joy and meaning in your life. You’ll make better decisions, have more clarity, confidence and they’ll help you determine what to do, where to spend your time and who to spend your time with. 

My personal core values 

I have a handful of core values that I make every single decision by. I’ll be honest, I’m not perfect, no one is perfect and yes at times I make decisions that aren’t based on my values. The thing is that when this happens, I’m aware of it and I feel it. There’s resistance and I feel out of alignment with how I want to co-create my life. 

From my experience, I’ve found coming up with an initial set of core values to be a relatively quick process however in the first instance they never feel right, and I know it’s about going deeper and not playing on the surface. One thing I know for sure is that when you get to the heart of your core values, you will know because you will feel them deeply. 

Today, I have a set of core values that are powerful, inspirational, directional, moving and extremely meaningful to me. They bring me clarity and confidence and they will naturally evolve and further develop as I continue to learn and grow. I’d love to share my values with you not for you to adopt these as your own but to use them to inspire you to come up with your list of core values, values that you will live your life by and create your business by. Mine are joy, health, peace, freedom, simplicity, ease, and integrity. 

A couple of things I do that help me live these values every day and this is simple. I have them in a note on my phone, which I look at daily. I also have them written down on a piece of paper on my desk so that I’m aware of them when I’m making decisions, working in my business and going about my day-to-day life.

Figuring out your personal core values 

If you’re still trying to figure out your core values, you may like to start by writing these questions down and answering them. 

  • How do you want to live your life? 
  • How would you like to co-create your life? 
  • How do you want to serve and support others? 
  • What is most important to you? 

Remember, it’s easy to come up with words that you think should be your core values because someone else has them or because you’ve seen them listed online. However, what I invite you to do is to choose core values, that means something to you because when they’re more than words on a piece of paper this is where you’ll see the magic unfold. 

I invite you to get clear and focused on your core values and if you have yours already, I invite you to write them down, journal on them and see if they’re just as important to you now as they were when you created them. They might be or perhaps you may come up with other words that are more meaningful to you now. 

What are your core values? 


Debra Shepherd is a Business Mentor, Lifestyle Strategist, Educator and Podcaster in Sydney. Here to help you create more ease, joy and meaning in your life and business. Learn more about Debra here.