10 of My Core Values

The other day at work, I attended a professional development session, which I thought was going to give me explicit instruction in how to design items for my appraisal action plan. Instead, participants at the session were asked to consider the things that brought meaning to their life and to create a vision for the academic year.

At first, I was irked. After all, I just wanted actionable information so that I could create an appraisal report that would earn a high score from the department. However, later that night, as I was having troubles sleeping, I thought about some of the questions posed during the PD session earlier in the day. What did I find meaningful? What was my vision for the future? And what were my core values?

Lying in bed, I surfed the internet, eventually coming across an article—that wasn’t too religious or trying to peddle new age philosophy—which had some exercises for identifying one’s core values and doing something productive with them (see article).

Then, after skimming the article and taking the time to deliberate, I tentatively identified 10 of my core values. Shortly thereafter, I was able to fall asleep.

The next day, using the website Canva, I designed some graphics that would help me conceptualize my core values. (Note: Canva is a freemium graphic design website, meaning you have to pay to unlock some of its features. However, all the layouts and images in my graphics were free of charge.)

Now, in no particular order, here are my 10 core values.

If you have read my post this far, I hope that the thistles of self-reflection have stuck themselves to your coat and will force you to pause for some time in order to unfasten them.

If you have read my post this far, I hope that the thistles of self-reflection have stuck themselves to your coat and will force you to pause for some time in order to unfasten them.

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