By Jim Clemmer
A key element of "knowing thyself" is sorting out what's really important to you. Without a clear sense of our personal principles and priorities, it's almost impossible to bring the picture of our preferred future or vision sharply into focus. Investing time and effort to uncover and articulate our personal principles has many important benefits:
To clarify our core values, we can develop a comprehensive list of all our possible values. Now rank each one as "A" (high importance), "B" (medium importance), "C" (low importance). Review the A and B values. Are there any that are essentially the same value or one that is an obvious subset of the other? If so, bring them together and rename, if necessary. Rank order the remaining list from highest through to lowest priority. We should now have your top five core values.
These exercises are rarely done quickly. It could take dozens or even hundreds of hours to sort through the "shoulda's", "oughta's" and "coulda's" to get to our basic, core principles. The more meditation, contemplation, and writing time we put into this, the truer and more energizing our core values will become.