Using Personal Values for Short and Long Term Goals Common Exhibit For Learning Outcome #6

Core Values: Step 1

Not Important to Me
Important to Me
Very Important to Me

Core Values: Step 2

Not Important to Me
Important to Me
Very Important to Me

Core Values: Step 3

Not Important to Me
Important to Me
Very Important to Me

Core Values: Step 4

Most Not Important to Me
Most Important to Me
Most Very Important to Me

Classroom Activity Reflection

This was a very interesting classroom activity and one that I enjoyed very much. It lent perspective on what I truly value in life with regards to both short term and long term goals. During the activity, there I found it was relatively easy to remove certain values until it got down to my top 5 in each category. My top 5 least favorite values were Ecology, Monogamy, Fitness, Power, and Change. I feel as though a lot of these things are not important to me right now because I am still young. I have no interest in monogamy or an exclusive relationship right now, nor fitness because I genuinely don't enjoy it, and power simply because I don't need any power right now because I am still young and have a lot to learn. Change, however, I can't stand in general. I found it very difficult to remove change and the only reason its not my #1 is because I know it is inevitable. Ecology was my #1 least important thing because I honestly just don't care at all about the environment. That may sound bad but it is truly how I feel.

As far as things I consider important, my top 5 were Leisure, Knowledge, Self-Knowledge, Mastery, and Independence. I believe it is important in life to be informed of things around you and within yourself. Knowledge and mastery are important with regards to just sounding competent in life and self-knowledge is probably more important because the more you know about yourself, the easier it would be to correct mistakes and avoid them in the future. Independence is important to me because I generally dislike having to ask people for help in anything, with the exception of my dad because I know he will always be happy to help, but having to rely on others bothers me a lot. My #1 thing that was important to me was leisure. If I cannot spend time unwinding and relaxing without others bothering me, I would likely go crazy. This ties in with independence in a sense that I enjoy being away from people for certain periods of time and I love having time to myself.

The category of things most important to me was definitely the toughest part of this activity for me. My top 5 was narrowed down to Family, Tradition, Wealth, Order, and God's Will. Ultimately, God's Will was my #1 choice but I found it extremely hard to eliminate the other four. The hardest to eliminate was family obviously because I love my family but knew God's Will was more important. Going back to Change being something I can't stand, Tradition made my top 5 because I feel as though the old ways are sometimes best along with good traditional family values such as going to church on Sunday and raising people to be thick skinned adults. Real men are a dying breed in my opinion in large part because I believe families these days have gotten away from traditional values. I have order in my top 5 because I linked with organization. I consider organization or order to be something I can't live without it the world would be a mess. Wealth is in my top 5 because financial security is very important to me in the future especially if I get the chance to raise a family one day. Money may not be able to buy happiness or wisdom, but it can buy pretty much anything else. Ultimately, God's Will came in at the #1 thing most important to me. All of the things I have written about in this journal ultimately can be handled by the will of the Lord. Keeping faith in him is crucial to life in my opinion because without him, my life would be meaningless and I believe a lot of other people's lives would be meaningless.

I would place the things I have listed as important to me in my short term goals and the things most important to me in my long term goals. Gaining of knowledge of the world, of myself, and mastering it, along with getting my leisure time and remaining independent are probably my most prevalent short term goals. Following God's Will and loving my family, gaining wealth, and sticking to traditions and order are also my most prevalent long term goals. This was an eye opening activity and one I found very useful. I always somewhat knew what my values were but I never really got to list them out formally which was very helpful. Overall, I think everyone should take time to do something like this as it might give them some insight into what they consider important in their lives.

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