Core Values Worksheet (PDF)

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A core value can be defined as an enduring belief upon which a person acts. 

Values are a guiding light that leads people to a more meaningful and fulfilling life.

Core values drive behaviour, form beliefs and facilitate the decision-making process.

What Are The Theories Behind This Worksheet?

The theory of core values serves as a standard for evaluating people, actions, or events. These values become saturated with emotions once we activate them in our everyday life.

The theory of core values also forms a circular structure that reflects the motivations each value expresses which can be categorized into two groups;

  1. Terminal 

These values are all about our desirable end states (e.g., health, freedom).

  1. Instrumental

These values are about the desirable ways to act or behave (e.g., honesty, responsible).

How Will This Worksheet Help You?

Core values define what a meaningful ought to look like. They act as a justification for who and how you are – at your deepest, most personal level.

Identifying your core values helps you build a fulfilling and satisfying life, and promote mental health.

How Should You Use This Worksheet?

You should use this worksheet to help you identify and build core values in your everyday life.

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