EvalYOUation Exercise

The EvalYOUation®

Very often in the personal branding work clients reflect back on this exercise as one of the most important that they do. It results in major shifts of perspective or confirms for them why they are doing what they do.

Your values are the operating principles that form the base of your belief system. You take your values with you wherever you go.

Knowing your values is crucial for making decisions in career, business and life, because it helps you recognize whether you and a particular organization, client or project are a good match.

To better understand your values, take note when something occurs that bothers you and ask yourself why it makes you upset. Or look when time flies by and something feels so natural and easy. Either way chances are one or more of your values are the root of either the dissatisfaction or the excitement.

 

EvalYOUation® - Step One: Identify your Values

Review the attached list of values and complete the following exercise:

  • 1: As you read through the list do the following:
    • Circle the words that you feel really “fit” you
    • Draw a line through words that really don’t fit you
    • Feel free to add values that you don’t see on the list
  • 2: Take a few moments to look at the words you circled as a “fit” for you, and put an asterisk or star by the 10-15 that you feel most closely fit your values.

Identifying your Values

 

AccessibilityEfficiencyOptimism
AccomplishmentEleganceOriginality
AccountabilityEmpathyPassion
AccuracyEndurancePeace
AdaptabilityEnthusiasmPerfection
AdventureExcellencePerseverance
AffectionExperiencePersuasiveness
AffluenceExpertisePower
AltruismFairnessPrecision
AmbitionFaithProfessionalism
AssertivenessFameProsperity
BalanceFamilyPunctuality
BelongingFidelityRealism
BraveryFitnessRecognition
CalmnessFlexibilityRelaxation
CelebrityFrugalityReliability
ChallengeFunResourcefulness
CharityGenerosityRespect
ClarityGraceSecurity
ClevernessGratitudeSelf-control
ComfortGrowthSensitivity
CommitmentHarmonySignificance
CompassionHealthSincerity
CompletionHonestySpeed
ConformityHonorSpirituality
ContentmentHumorSpontaneity
ControlImaginationStability
ConvictionImpactStrength
CooperationIndependenceStructure
CourageIntegritySuccess
CreativityIntelligenceSupport
CuriosityJusticeSympathy
DependabilityKindnessTeamwork
DeterminationKnowledgeUnderstanding
DevotionLeadershipVirtue
DignityLearningVision
DirectnessLoveWealth
DisciplineLoyaltyWinning
DiversityMindfulnessWisdom
EducationModestyZeal
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Now is the time to get extra focused on your core values. These will be the ones that truly drive many of your decisions.

EvalYOUation® - Step 2: Focus on your core Values

Review the list of 10-15 values that you identified in Step 1 of the EvalYOUation®:

  • 1: From your list of 10-15 words, select the top 5 words that you feel most closely articulate your values.
  • 2: Record these top 5 values in order of priority with “1” being your most important on the next sheet. 
  • 3: Now really think about these values and what they mean to you. Capture that in the form of a sentence.

 

In the space below, write your 5 top values – in order of priority with “1” being your most important value:

 

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Reflect on your personal definition of what each of these values means to you.

 

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EvalYOUation® – Step 3 - Aligning and Living Your Values

Now you have been able to really focus down to your core 5 values, how are they showing up for you right now?

Are you living them all to the fullest extent you can or are there some gaps?

It’s okay, chances are for most of us we are having to compromise our values in some way. Being aware of that is the first step. Then if we are able to make some small changes and commit to those we can start to live to our values a little more closely. That is good for us, others and our personal brands.

 

  • 1: On the next sheet you will see instructions to align your top values.
  • 2: On that sheet you will also see instructions on making a commitment to “realign” one of your top values.

 

EvalYOUation®- Value Alignment

In the space below, write your 5 top values from Step 2. Now consider how much your life is currently aligned with each value. In the column next to each value – circle the corresponding number which bests describes how aligned that value is with your current life choices.   “1” would indicate a low alignment and a “10” would indicate very high alignment.

For example if one of your values is “teamwork” and you consistently collaborate and work in teams you might give yourself a “9”. If one of your values is “teamwork” and you rarely communicate with others you might give yourself a “2”

 

Top 5 ValuesCurrent life alignment with Value

1=low alignment       10=high alignment

 

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1   2       3     4     5     6   7   8     9   10

 

 

2.

 

 

1   2       3     4     5     6   7   8     9   10

 

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1   2       3     4     5     6   7   8     9   10

 

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1   2       3     4     5     6   7   8     9   10

 

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1   2       3     4     5     6   7   8     9   10

 

Value Realignment

Choose one of the values above (perhaps that with the lowest score) and make a commitment to yourself on how you can bring that value back into alignment as a priority in your life in the next 30 days. It can be one major thing or perhaps 2 or 3 smaller steps. Try to make it part of your daily routine.

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