Understanding Your Values

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Assignment 1: Understanding Your Values

Due week 3 and worth 100 points.

If you’re going to build a great career, you had better have a strong foundation. It all comes back to the priorities and the values that you have in life. – Coach Gibbs

Understanding Your Values Worksheet

PART 1 IDENTIFY YOUR VALUES & GROUPS OF INFLUENCE

In the article What Self-Awareness Really Is (And How to Cultivate It) author Tasha Eurich states that “Research suggests that when we see ourselves clearly, we are more confident and more creative. We make sounder decisions, build stronger relationships, and communicate more effectively.” This worksheet will help you do just that.

In the table below, each row represents a group (past or present) that has influenced your values. Examples of these groups are your family, church, sports teams, profession, groups sharing common interests, etc. Select five of these groups and list them in the first column of the table.

For each of the groups, identify the following:

Three (3) positive behaviors that were learned and/or encouraged by the group. For example, your teacher would always expect that you were on time or that you were assertive during class presentations.

Three (3) values that you learned from the group. For example, someone could have learned from a church group to be compassionate or to speak up when one sees injustices.

Choose your values from the list provided in the Your Values Matter table. Scroll to the end of this assignment to find this table.

GROUP NAME 3 POSITIVE BEHAVIORS 3 VALUES LEARNED
Ex: Church Volunteering, working on a team, Being on time Accountability, respect, teamwork(choose from the Your Values Matter table below)
(No Woman Left Behind workout group) Determination, words of encouragement, commitment Accountability, self-discipline, team player
(Nation honor society) Informative, displays morals and ethics, accept constructive criticism Continuously learning, integrity, accountability.
(Toast master’s) Enhance grammar and vocabulary, excel as a communicator, inspire through speaking Continuously learning, personal growth, leadership
(Atlanta postpartum group) Supporting peers, discussion additional supportive resources, transparency on all issues Caring, making a difference, compassion
(PTA) Volunteering, working on uniting the community, fundraising Community involvement, making a difference, team work

PART 2: RANK YOUR VALUES

How important is each value in your life? Using the “Understanding Your Values” table, choose 10 of your values and put each value in priority order – #1 matters most, #10 matters least. Be HONEST! It doesn’t matter how someone else would rank these values; it only matters how important they are to you! Remember, this is about SELF-awareness. Your goal is to identify the things that matter most to YOU!

In the article How to Live With Purpose, Identify Your Values and Improve Your Leadership, author Ann Loehr explains how your values give you a sense of purpose. The exercise below will help you focus on those values. Please complete the following in the table below:

List the values according to what matters most to you.

Provide a brief definition of what that values means to you in your own words.

Write a short sentence about the meaning of each value in the “why does this matter to me” column. (Ex: If “friendship” is one of your higher values, you might understand it [and yourself!] better by identifying WHY friendship is such a high priority for you.)

VALUES (most important to least important) DEFINITION(what does it mean to me?) WHY?(why does this value matter to me?)
Ex: Friendship A special bond/connection between myself and another person. Friends are valuable to me because we provide each other with support during the positive and difficult times in our lives. Friends also provide companionship.
1.family A connection that unbreakable between my children, husband, parents, siblings, nieces. Etc. My family is valuable to me because we inspire one during challenging times.
2.Friendship A unique bond between myself and someone else. Friends are valuable to me because we are each other support systems and we offer positive advice in times of need.
3.Integrity Is sticking to your moral or ethical convictions and do the right thing despite the circumstances. Integrity is valuable to me because I make it a priority to do what’s right regardless of any situations.
4. Education Is the process of striving towards enhancing skills, values, beliefs, and habits? Education is valuable to me because allows me to gather information to better enhance my knowledge about the world.
5.Accountability Is taking responsibility or ownership for my own actions. Accountability is valuable to me because being truthful with myself allows me to improve in different areas of my life.
6.Personal growth Is a continuous process of developing myself into becoming a better me. Personal growth is valuable to me because it conducive for me develop techniques that allows me to improve my habits, behavior, action, and reactions.
7.Financial stability Is setting money for the future so that I’m able to provide for myself as well as saving for my children to pursue a high education. Financial stability is valuable to me I’ll be able to take care of all my needs without the worrying about the cost.
8.generosity Is me caring and sharing with other. Generosity is valuable to me because I’m to demonstrate to my children on how to be selfless when others are in need.
9.Making a difference Is changing someone’s life in a positive way. Making a difference is valuable to me because displaying an act of kindness and love can encourage someone or simply give them a different meaning for living
10.Future generation Is my children and all the youths in the world Future generation is valuable to me because it’s the youth of the world today that will someday impact the world and it’s our duty to steer them in a positive direction.

PART 3: UNDERSTANDING YOUR VALUES AND INFLUENCE

Now, review both tables. Write a reflection on how you think the groups in your life have helped you define your own values. Be sure to reference the material from class to support your response. What can you conclude?

Be sure to address the following:   

How has this activity provided insight into the effect your groups of influence have on your personal values?  Were you aware of the relationship between the two before doing this activity? Were you surprised by the amount of influence each group has? Explain why or why not.

The effect of each of the groups that I’m affiliated with has been very influential in helping me define my own personal values. Before this assignment I honestly never took into consideration why I association myself with any of these groups. When I decided to become apart of each of these groups it was due to the fact that each had a set group of standards that I admired. For instance, my workout group which is called “No Woman Left Behind” focus on inspiring, encouraging, and motivating each other in accomplishing their set weight loss goals. Since being apart of this group I’ve learned that in order to achieve my weight loss goals it highly important for me to be accountable, self–discipline, and a team player. It amazed me how those values were instrumental to my overall weight loss success. In my opinion having values plays a pivotal role in the aspects of everyday life.

Why is self-awareness so important in the journey to finding your purpose?

While on this journey in finding my purpose, self-awareness helps me identify my strengths and weaknesses. Although I tend to sometime focus more towards my weaknesses I now have a clearer understanding into what motivates me.

How did you determine your top three (3) values overall? Was it difficult to narrow it down? Explain your reasoning.

My top three values were easy to determine because my family, friendships, and integrity was instilled in me as a child. Growing up in a single parent household I was taught that family should always be there for one another despite all circumstances. My mom also instilled in me the three (3) E’s of friendship empower, encourage, and embrace one other. A true friend is just like family through all adversities you won’t ever have to question their sincerity. Having integrity was displayed to me earlier in life and I have always stood by those values of doing what’s right no matter what.

YOUR VALUES MATTER

Directions: For Part 1, choose from the list of values below.

accountability competition ethics independence recognition
achievement conflict resolution excellence initiative respect
adaptability clarity fairness integrity risk-taking
ambition dialogue family job security salvation
balance (home/work) creativity financial stability humility reliability
being the best continuous learning forgiveness justice personal growth
caring courage freedom leadership professional growth
clarity ease with uncertainty friendship listening safety
coaching/mentoring education future generations making a difference self-discipline
commitment efficiency generosity openness teamwork
community involvement enthusiasm/ positive attitude health patience risk-taking
compassion entrepreneurial humility perseverance trust
competence environmental awareness humor/ fun personal fulfillment  

Scoring Guide Assignment 1:  Understanding Your Values   

Criteria Exemplary 90-100% A Proficient 80-89% B Fair 70-79% C Meets Minimum Expectations 60-69% D Unacceptable Below 60% F
1. Identify the positive behaviors that were learned and/or encouraged in each group.  Weight:  15% Identifies 3 positive behaviors that were learned and/or encouraged in each group. Identifies only 2 positive behaviors that were learned and/or encouraged in each group.   Identifies only 1 positive behavior that was learned and/or encouraged in each group. Does not identify the positive behaviors that were learned and/or encouraged in each group. Did not submit.
2. Identify the values learned in each group    Weight: 15%   Identifies 3 values  learned in each group. Identifies only 2 values learned in each group. Identifies only 1 value learned in each group.    Does not identify the values learned in each group. Did not submit.
3. Rank your values from most important to least important with your personal definition and explanation. Weight:  25% Proficiently ranks values from most important to least important. Proficiently describes personal definition and explanation of why those values are important. Thoroughly ranks values from most important to least important. Thoroughly describes personal definition and explanation of why those values are important. Satisfactorily ranks values from most important to least important. Satisfactorily describes personal definition and explanation of why those values are important. Did not rank values or provide personal definition or explanation of why values are important. Did not submit.
4. Reflect on how you think the groups have helped you define your values.  Weight:  40% Proficiently reflects on how the groups have helped define your own values. Includes three or more references from two or more sources of course material.Demonstrates excellent understanding of the relationship between the positive behaviors and their impact on your own values. Thoroughly reflects on how the groups have helped define your own values.  Includes two references from one source of course material. Demonstrates good understanding of the relationship between the positive behaviors and their impact on your own values. Satisfactorily reflects on how the groups have helped define your own values. Includes one reference from one source of course material.Logically, but not completely, demonstrates an understanding of the relationship between the positive behaviors and their impact on your own values. Insufficiently reflects on how the groups have helped define your own values. Does not include any references from the course materials. Demonstrates minimal understanding of the relationship between the positive behaviors and the impact on your own values. Does not reflect on how the groups have helped define your own values. Does not include any references from the course materials. Demonstrates no understanding of the relationship between the positive behaviors and the impact on your own values.
5. Write in a professional manner using proper grammar and spelling.  Weight: 5% Writing is excellent. Tone is professional and sophisticated. Shows logic, clarity, and consistent formatting.  Contains no spelling or grammatical errors.   Writing is mostly good.  Tone is professional. Shows logic, clarity, and consistent formatting.  May contain few or no spelling and/or grammatical errors. Writing is satisfactory.  Tone is somewhat professional.  Shows moderate logic, clarity, and/or consistent formatting.  May contain 2-4 spelling and/or grammatical errors.   Writing meets minimal standards.  Tone is not professional. Lacks one or more of logic, clarity, and/or consistent formatting. May contain more than 4 spelling and/or grammatical errors. Writing does not meet minimal standards.  Tone is not professional.  Wholly lacking in logic, clarity, and/or consistent formatting. Contains many spelling and/or grammatical errors.  



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