What’s your top 5?


Values guide our behavior, providing us with a personal code of conduct, but many people don’t know their values! We don’t understand what’s most important to us. Instead, we focus on what our society, our culture, and our media influence value.

Can you articulate the top 5 to 10 values that are most important to you? Without pursuing a discovery process, it’s challenging to identify your personal core values. As we continue our adventure into Identity, let’s strive to do this together.

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Why do we need to identify the rules that we live by?

How have your family, culture, or heroes influenced your personal code of conduct?


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Teen Pilot flies medical supplies to hospitals. (1:23)


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Watch + Learn

Are you living according to your values or goals? (3:21) Will getting that great job or house really make you happier? In this fun & entertaining video, Dr. Russ Harris, Acceptance & Commitment Therapist, explains the important distinction between living a goals-focused vs a values-focused life… and why living in accordance with your innermost values can lead to a more rich, full, and meaningful life.


Family Adventure-tivity

What rules does your family live by? Creating values and identity for your family is a powerful way to build character and resiliency for your middle schooler. 

  • Talk to a family member about how those rules are determined and what they believe to be their rights and responsibilities. 


  • Talk to someone outside of your family to compare how they may live by different rules. 


  • How does discussing someone else’s experience encourage you to listen to other’s stories? 


Student Design Challenge

Read “If I Were in Charge of the World” by Judith Viorst, and journal using these prompts:

    • What is the difference between rights and responsibilities?


    • What rules do you live by?


    • How might these rules affect others?


Explore More: Watch “Who Are You? Unleashing Your Core Values.” Jennifer Jones dives into this topic, and it may help you strengthen your answers. (This video’s a bit longer [16:51], but if you’re in a time crunch, you can change the playback speed in the settings). Here is a list of 200 Personal Values if you need some ideas on how to put words to your beliefs.

Play!: Looking for a fun diversion? Play this retro version of The Price Is Right to see if you can assign the right “values” to each item!

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