Prioritizing Life Values


  • To begin, try to filter out any voices in your head that may be telling you what others (society, the media, peers, your boss or organization etc.) expect of you. Listen to your own inner voice. What is uniquely important to you?
  • You may wish to print out the one-page alphabetical glossary of definitions and have it in front of you as you do the worksheet. Alternatively, you can just scroll through the glossary as you work.
  • In the master list of 20 typical life values on the left, arrange the values from top to bottom in order of importance to you moving one at a time with the up or down buttons. You may add values of your own definition if you wish. We suggest you start by putting your least important value (i.e. the one you'd be most willing to give up) at the bottom and then build up one at a time to your most important value at the top.
  • Pay particular attention to identifying and prioritizing your top five values.
Ranking Exercise

Most important
Least important

Add a value of your own definition.(IE only)

(printable glossary page)


To be deeply involved with a group that has a larger purpose beyond one's self. To perform in effective and caring teamwork.


To be innovative. To create new and better ways of doing things.


To enjoy my work. To have fun doing it.


To become a known and respected authority in what I do.


To have time with my family


To work with people I respect and to be respected by them


To be physically and mentally fit.


To have freedom of thought and action. To be able to act in terms of my own time schedules and priorities.


To live and work in compliance with my personal moral standards. To be honest and acknowledge/stand up for my personal beliefs.


To motivate and energize other people. To feel responsible for identifying and accomplishing needed group tasks.


To be able to live where I want to live.


To be committed to the goals of a group of people who share my beliefs, values and ethical principles.

Personal Accomplishment

To achieve significant goals. To be involved in undertakings I believe personally are significant - whether or not they bring me recognition from others.

Personal Development

To learn and to do challenging work that will help me grow, that will allow me to utilize my best talents and mature as a human being.


To have the authority to approve or disapprove proposed courses of action. To make assignments and control allocation of people and resources.


To be seen by others as successful. To become well known. To obtain recognition and status in my chosen field.


To have a steady income that fully meets my family's basic needs.


To contribute to the well-being and satisfaction of others. To help people who need help and improve society.


To earn a great deal of money (i.e., well beyond my family's basic needs). To be financially independent.


To grow in understanding of myself, my personal calling and life's real purpose. To grow in knowledge and practice my religious beliefs. To discern and do the will of God and find lasting meaning in what I do.


  • When you've finished your ranking, highlight the line (-----------------) in the left column and move it so that your top five values appear above the line.
  • Capture this moment in time and print this page for your records. (We recommend leaving the dotted line highlighted.)
  • Note which values you spend most of your time pursuing today. Put a check mark after them on your printed page.
  • If there are significant discrepancies between the values you spend time on today and your top ranked values, our "Career and Life Workbook" can help you refocus your career on the values that are most important to you.


Typically our value priorities evolve and we mature through some very predictable adult life stages. Our next assessment will help you determine where you are now in these life stages.

Continue to Step 2. Life Stages Assessment Intro

Career Test for the Soul  •  •  based on Your Soul at Work
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