Beliefs

Part 1: Revisiting and Connecting with Your Core Values

How to Create an Intentional 2022 Series

Part 1: Revisiting and Connecting with Your Core Values

I thought I would spend the next few weeks of Tiny Talks setting up a framework to create an intentional 2022.

I’m going to share the process that I’ll be using, and you are, of course, welcome to use it or modify it so that it works for whatever you want to create in 2022. 

Why is it important to take the time to work on this? Because if we don’t, we’re just going to continue living in a state of reaction as the world comes at us. 

Here’s what you’ll learn in this series: 

  • How to reconnect with your values
  • How to create a vision that’s inspired by and woven together with those values
  • How to choose just one Big Goal for the year to move you into your vision for 2022 and beyond
  • How to decide on the objectives or projects to take on to reach your goal
  • How to schedule and implement those objectives 

When we get to the goal section, I’ll share an analogy that my coach shared about why choosing just one goal at a time is a good idea. But this week, we’re going to revisit and focus on our core values, with the end goal of picking out our top five. 

Your Values and the Role They Play

Your values are what you stand for, what’s important to you, what’s acceptable, essential, and valuable in your life.

Reconnecting with your core values will keep you on track to pursuing the most important projects, relationships, and opportunities. Your core values will keep you from being constantly derailed by fear, anxiety, and shiny objects.

Being aligned with your values will help you produce your best work in the world because your values are at the deepest, most personal level of who you are. It’s where your truth, your unique voice, your gifts, and your superpowers reside.

I like to think of my core values as the non-negotiable standards in my life that allow me to live into the best possible version of myself. 

Your values should inform everything in life – the projects you choose, the big decisions you make, and the small things that impact your day-to-day life. They are the scales used for weighing all the opportunities that present themselves to you. 

If you ignore your values and make decisions based on other people’s values, you’re going to be miserable. You’re not going to create the feelings that will motivate you to live and take action on the things in life you want most.

Your values are your beacon. They create a well-lit harbor, and if you steer toward them, no matter what is thrown your way, your values will never let you run aground. 

When challenges and tough decisions show up, you always want to check to see if your response aligns with your core values and not someone else’s. When you live your life in alignment with your values, you feel good about your decisions and don’t end up doubting or wishing that you had made a choice other than the one you did. 

Aligning with your values is the same thing as having your own back.

To sum it all up, your values help you define what a meaningful life looks like and are the very essence of what it means to have your own back no matter what comes your way. 

Finding Your Own Values

Some of my core values are autonomy, beauty, learning, creativity, achievement, joy. I’m going to revisit them this week and see if there might be another value that has surfaced in the past year that I might be overlooking or suppressing. I encourage you to do the same. 

Here are a few questions you can ask to figure out what some of your core values might be.

What are some of the biggest highlights of the past year? How about highlights spanning your entire life? What are some of the lowest moments of the past year and in your life? 

The chances are that in the highlights of your life, you were living according to your values. In the low moments, you probably were not.

What is good about your life right now? What do you love about it? 

The answer should reveal to you what values you’re already in solid alignment with, things you are implementing right now that may not need to change.

Who do you admire and what values do they embody? 

These are often signs of your own core values that you might currently be suppressing. 

So, the mission for this week is to come up with your top five core values before we move on to next week’s topic, which is creating a vision for 2022 that is woven together by our core values. 

Here’s a resource of over 200 core values that you can look at. If that’s too overwhelming, have a look at James Clear’s list of 50

At first, you may find yourself circling 25 to 30 of them, but you can’t prioritize that many values in your life. Keep working to pare them down to your top five most important core values. Look for the ones that are non-negotiable or at least darn close to it. 

Have fun reconnecting with your values; I know it will make a huge difference, not just in the upcoming year but in the very moment you reconnect with them.

I hope you’ll join me next week as we create a vision for 2022.


Are you ready to start putting your work out in the world? Whether you have a big project or a bunch of small ones, if you’re making a creative career pivot, writing a book, making a movie, producing a play, or taking any other big step in your creative life, and you need an accountability coach, I can help. I’m currently enrolling six-month and annual coaching clients for 2022! You can book a free consult so we can chat about how I can help you see success in finishing your work and getting it out into the world.