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Writing a Personal Value Statement

Your values play a big role in your everyday life. A well defined and strategically determined personal value statement will help you save a lot of time in determining the type of work you want to do, where you should do this work, and who you should allow to mentor you.

Value Statement Defined

Value is the importance placed on things or people. A personal value statement is a concise and specific statement that outlines what is most important to you in your life. The statement uses your core beliefs as a guiding principle in your daily activities and personal life decisions. The better you define your personal values, the easier it’ll be for you to find a career that is in line with those values.

Define Your Value Statement

What do you consider to be valuable? What is your definition of value? How much value do you place in your work? How much value does your work add to your life? what is important to you.

Maya Angelou is one of my favorite people and I will use her personal statement as an example. “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style” — Maya Angelou

A simple personal value statement like this one by the Founder of Walt Disney Production, Walt Disney, “To make people happy.” is also sufficient. It is necessary to create a long value statement, your value statement should be specific and should outline only the thing or things that are most important to you.

Your work values are a subset of your personal beliefs. When defining your personal statement try to include the values that are important to you in the workplace, values that are related to your occupation or job you would like to have. Think about core principles like, honesty, self-respect, respect for others, peace of mind, a culture that cultivates success.

Create Your Value Statement that is Aligned with your Purpose.

I have worked in a lot of organizations where I felt icky, just unclean because of the leadership style of the managers or the company’s lack of values or because the company had values that were not aligned with my personal beliefs. The result of working in such environments is the inability to fulfill your full potential or work within your purpose.

In your quest to determine and discover your purpose, you must define and create your values statement. Explore the following as you think about your value statement,

  • What are your core beliefs that you hold onto closely?
  • values that were instilled in you as a child?
  • What values do you like to see show up in your life, in friendships, and or at home?
  • Consider who you are and who you want to be?

Elements of your core beliefs should present themselves in your work and in your work environment. Failure to define a value statement for yourself will hinder the true discovery of your purpose because the values you hold close to your will be the driving force of the heart of your purpose.


As you explore relationships and career options or job offers use the personal value statement as well as a checklist. Is the relationship in line with values? also, use the checklist to determine whether a job is in line with your core values. Does the job meet the guidelines of where you see yourself making an impact?

A personal value statement is an excellent way to streamline your life because it will help you to easily make decisions because you have a specific statement that guides your decision-making process.

Do you have a a value statement? or do you live by certain values? Please share with us. Click here to receive a free list of values to help you in creating your value statement.

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