Core values list: 285 personal values grouped by theme

Core values are intangible, guiding principles and personal ideals. When we become consciously aware of our unique set of values, we can use them to make better decisions and live a life true to ourselves.

How to discover your personal core values

Uncovering your core values is a research process, where you look for clues in your past to see what value motivated you to act in a certain way during key moments, or look at your interests to see what value could be the driving factor, or observing what energises you. Ideally you’ll drill them down to your top 5 most important values. Here is a process you can follow to do that.

You cannot create your own values. Values impose themselves on you independent of your will.

Jordan Peterson

If you get stuck during the process, this list can be used as a prompt.

I grouped the values into 24 loose themes to help you or your coaching client articulate and pinpoint the exact value they’re looking for.

You can also download the list as a PDF here, if you want to print it out.

BeautyTruthLove
AestheticsAuthenticityFeelings
CharmCandorIntimacy
EleganceCredibilityPassion
QualityHonestyRelationships
StyleIntegrityRomance
OpennessSelf-respect
GraceSinceritySpirituality
BalanceTransparency
CalmnessTrustEthics
ClarityEquality
CleanlinessCareFairness
ContentmentAdvocacyHonor
DignityAltruismJustice
DiscretionCompassion
HarmonyCharityHealth
HumilityBenevolenceEnergy
MindfulnessEmpathyMovement
ModerationEncouragementPhysical expression
PatienceSupportWell-being
Peace
PoiseKindnessCommunity
PolitenessAcceptanceBelonging
PrivacyAppreciationCollaboration
RestraintCourtesyCommunication
SerenityForgivenessComradeship
SilenceGenerosityConnection
SimplicityGivingContribution
TranquilityGoodnessCooperation
GratitudeFriendship
WonderOpen-mindednessHelpfulness
AdventureRespectInclusiveness
CuriositySensitivityMaking a difference
DiscoveryThankfulnessParticipation
ExplorationThoughtfulnessPartnership
OptimismToleranceReciprocity
RiskUnderstandingResponsiveness
SpontaneitySelflessness
SurpriseWisdomService
TravelAwarenessSharing
ConsciousnessTeamwork
CreationEducation
CraftExperienceEnergy
CreativityForesightAmusement
DesignInsightCheerfulness
ExpressionIntuitionEnjoyment
ImaginationKnowledgeEnthusiasm
InnovationMaturityFun
InspirationPreparednessHope
OriginalityCommon senseJoy
Playfulness
GrowthStrengthPleasure
DevelopmentBoldnessVigor
ImprovementBraveryVitality
LearningConcentrationZeal
MeaningCourageZest
PotentialDaring
PurposeEnduranceAccountability
ChallengeFearlessnessCommitment
FortitudeConviction
FreedomHard workDedication
AdaptabilityPersistenceDependability
AutonomyPowerDevotion
Broad-mindednessResilienceDiscipline
ChoiceSelf-controlDuty
DiversityToughnessFaith
FlexibilityValorFidelity
IndependenceVictoryObedience
IndividualityPunctuality
LibertySuccessReliability
Self-expressionAccomplishmentResponsibility
Self-relianceAchievement
UniquenessAdvancementLeadership
VersatilityAmbitionAuthority
AssertivenessInfluence
SkillBeing the bestPopularity
AlertnessBrillianceReputation
CapabilityCompetitionReverence
ClevernessDeterminationSignificance
CompetenceDriveConfidence
DecisivenessEmpowerment
EffectivenessExcellenceStability
EfficiencyFerociousnessCertainty
Emotional intelligenceFocusComfort
ExpertiseGreatnessFamily
GeniusRecognitionLoyalty
IntelligenceStatusProtection
LogicWinningReligion
MasterySafety
ProfessionalismProductivitySecurity
ReasonMotivationSustainability
ResourcefulnessPerformanceTradition
RigorProactivityUnity
SkillfulnessWorkWarmth
Smart thinkingWholesomeness
TalentOrder
TechniqueAccuracyProsperity
ThoroughnessConsistencyAbundance
TimelinessControlWealth
UsefulnessOrganizationLuxury
Perfection
Self-discipline
Structure
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