Here are the values I stand for: honesty, equality, kindness, compassion, treating people the way you want to be treated and helping those in need. To me, those are traditional values. 


~ Ellen DeGeneres

Core values are those that you’re deeply committed to.They’re the ones that matter so much that you suffer if unable to act on them (Williams & Menendez, 2015).

Here are mine:

  • Reflect.
  • Be kind.
  • Be genuine.
  • Be compassionate.
  • Be self-aware.
  • Create.
  • Take a stand.
  • Protect the environment.
  • Make the world a better place.

 Identify Your Core Values

You might already know what your core values are. Or you might not be sure just  what they are. Either way, I think you might like this exercise (Williams & Menendez, 2015):

  1. Take a few minutes to describe your qualities as a child, thinking of yourself at 6-12 years old. What were you like? What did you enjoy doing? 
  2. Circle those words and phrases which still apply to you now.
  3. Look for the core values these qualities and activities are based on. Need a little help with naming core values? Take a look at this extensive Core Values List.

Be The Change

You must be the change you want to see in the world. 

~ Mahatma Gandhi

My core values shape my vision of a better world. They guide my decisions and fuel my actions. They help keep me centered, even in turbulent times when headlines like these — and so many others — sear my conscience and impel me to act:

Threats of deportation raids frighten Baltimore immigrants: ‘They’re afraid to go outside’. 

‘There Is a Stench’: Soiled Clothes and No Baths for Migrant Children at a Texas Center 

We don’t have to hold the entire solution to the world’s problems in our hands in order to do something impactful. We just have to be clear about our core values, and let them guide us take one step and then the next, doing what we can to be the change. 

Questions for You

  • What are your core values?
  • What is one thing you do to be the change you want to see in the world?


Williams, P. & Menedez, D.S. (2015). Becoming a professional life coach. New York, N.Y.: WW Norton & Company, Inc.


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