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When I first began studying life coaching four years ago, the student cohort was introduced to the concept of “core values”. I had no idea its meaning or intent and shortly understanding the concept, conducted a self-awareness exercise to discover my core values.

Values are personal and drive your beliefs, attitude and ultimately your behaviour. Values are the founding principles of how you live your life, and this includes your career. As individuals, we decide on our own values and usually gravitate towards people and organisations with values similar to our own.

In contrast, we can be either intrigued or horrified by people who hold values that are in complete contrast to our way of living. Like still attracts like.

Understanding your core values is the first step I use with clients. It was the first practical exercise I completed prior to establishing my business.

I live by my values every day. Do you know your core values?

Life Coach, Karl Bimshas has developed a wonderful core value tool that he has given permission to share. If you want to have greater self-awareness then I highly recommend you start with this exercise.


This exercise could take a while to complete, although others have worked through this in under an hour. It is worth the time and investment to help you confirm or select your most important values.

http://lifepathcoach.com.au/links/ (at the end of the page)

When you have verified your four core values, the next step is to ask yourself “How are these core values being shown to me each day?” Think about your work, your life and the vision for yourself.

Values form the framework we use for making decisions and they are the driving force behind our work and our passions. Bringing your values to your conscious mind will help shape your actions, your goals and your way of life. The values discovery exercise is a powerful tool, to help you get “in touch” with who you are!