There are two kinds of core values. Aspirational core values are the ones you wish you had, those idealized qualities you hope to develop one day. Authentic core values are the ones that you really have, the ones that already drive your decisions. (More on the distinction here.) Aspirational core values are inspiring. But they can’t guide real life change very well. Why?
Because they have nothing to do with who you are. If you’re going to plan a trip, you have to know where you’re starting. Authentic core values not only help you know who you are right now, they give you a vehicle for moving into the future. How is this so?