Discovering Whats Really Important

What do you value? How much of your time to you devote to activities that are meaningful and consistent with your values? And do you live your life according to those values? If not, you're probably not as happy as you could be.

The following Values Clarification Quiz can help you focus on what's really important to you. After you fill it out, you can use the results to redirect your life plan in a more meaningful way.

1. Read through all the values listed in Worksheet 18-12.

2. Circle the eight items you prize most highly.

3. Of those eight, pick your top three most-prized items and write them in Worksheet 18-13.

Worksheet 18-12

Values Clarification Quiz

Money

Donating time or money to others

Pleasure

Cleaning up the environment

Independence

Political activism

Risk-taking and/or excitement

Competition

Creativity

Leisure time

Recognition

Honesty

Achievement

Winning

Variety

Family life

Entertainment

Recreation

Close friends

Status

A loving partner

Expensive possessions

Spirituality

Intellectual pursuits

Health

Looking good

Good food

Satisfying work

Having happy kids

Showing kindness

Art

Mental or physical stimulation

Economic security

Safety

Influencing others

Predictability

Worksheet 18-13 My Top Three Values

Ponder how you've spent your time in the past month. Estimate the amount of time you've devoted to activities that are concordant with your top three values (see Worksheet 18-13). If you notice a discrepancy between what you value and what you do, consider re-prioritizing. In Worksheet 18-14, jot down how you plan to re-allocate your schedule and resources to better reflect what you deem as important. Making these changes is likely to improve your long-term life satisfaction.

Worksheet 18-14

My Reflections

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