Values Audit 

Fillippa Edghill

The Values Audit is a short, sharp list of questions designed to give you clarity and direction. It is a simple way to identify your values and needs in a concise manner.  This is important because we make effective decisions from having a strong set of values. From here we are then able to determine our needs. The answers to these questions are then used to establish where you need to focus your attention. So that you are able to make the necessary changes to achieve desired aims. It is a tool that is useful to use anytime when you need clarity and focus in any life area. It will also assist you in identifying what is important to you now, in your current life situation. Or, more generally when you need clear direction when you feel confused, or uncertain.

Below are the questions. Listed first without examples, and then with examples. The examples are to help orient you in the right direction. Your answers should be in the present tense. Meaning, answer for now, not for the future.

Values Audit

Answer the following questions:

  • What is most important to you?
  • What inspires you the most?
  • What do you spend most of your time doing?
  • Your greatest asset?
  • Your greatest liability?
  • Your greatest fear?
  • Best outcome?
  • Most pressing need right now?
  • Biggest obstacle now?
  • Best resource or skill to leverage?
  • Highest vision you see for yourself?
  • Where am I?
  • Where am I heading?
  • Where do I want to be?
  • Are my actions inline with the direction I want to go?
  • How am I going to get there?
  • What do I need?
  • Who or what does this involve?

Values Audit

With examples & questions:

  • What is most important to you?
    • Spirituality
    • Partner
    • Family & Relationships 
    • Home Life
    • Animals
    • Art & Creativity
    • Design 
    • Work 
  • What inspires you the most?
    • Integrity
    • Truth
    • Beauty
    • Loyalty
  • What do you spend most of your time doing?
    • Health & Wellbeing 
    • Spirituality
    • Art & Creativity
    • Family
    • Friends 
    • Decorating surroundings
    • Vocation
    • Travel
    • Earning Money
  • Your greatest asset?
    • Honesty
    • Loyalty 
    • Organisational Skills
    • Particular Practical Skill
  • Your greatest liability?
    • Impulsiveness
    • Procrastination
    • Anger management
    • Too passive
    • Disagreeable
    • Agreeable
  • Your greatest fear?
    • Failure
    • Not good enough
    • Running out of time
    • Mediocracy
    • Loneliness
    • Outsider/don’t fit in
    • Suffocated by the common mindset 
    • Disappointment 
  • Best outcome?
    • Independence
    • Freedom
    • Creativity
    • Wealth
    • Health
    • Happiness
    • Love
    • Achievement 
  • Most pressing need right now?
    • Money
    • Work
    • Love
    • Connection 
    • Time 
    • Support 
  • Biggest obstacle now?
    • Environment
    • Relationships 
  • Best resource or skill to leverage?
    • Good people skills; sociable, likeable, people person, good communication skills
    • Reliable & dependable
    • Organisational skills; conscientious, tidy, observant
    • Methodical
    • Trustworthy & loyal 
    • Hardworking
    • Good practical skills 
    • Analytical  
  • Highest vision you see for yourself?
    • Independent artist
    • Part of a respected community with an active social life
    • Life of seclusion & independence
    • Having a family  
  • Where am I?
    • What is your situation right now? Are you a student living at home, working part time, searching for your purpose?
  • Where am I heading?
    • What are you living for?
    • Where will all your efforts lead you?
    • What direction are your actions moving you towards?
    • What is the purpose of your actions? 
  • Where do I want to be?
    • Living in the city with a friend or partner
    • Living in nature with a partner
    • Living solo in the city and being part of a creative community
  • Are my actions inline with the direction I want to go?
    • Your actions today will decide your future tomorrow. Whatever you want to be, do, or have–be, do, and have NOW. For instance, if you want to be an artist—focus on your art as much as possible. Don’t fool yourself by telling yourself a story like this. “When I finish my business degree and get a decent paying job, then I’ll have the resources to focus on creating art.” Either you are an artist or you’re not. What you spend your time on means one of two things. Either you are doing something out of fear, pressure, or programming. Or, because it is what you want to do. The rest is fantasy.   
  • How am I going to get there?
    • How can I prioritise my time and resources to get where I need to be?
    • What sacrifices do I need to make?
  • What do I need?
    • A direct plan
    • X amount of funds 
    • Courage 
  • Who or what does this involve?
    • Partner or family
    • Colleague 
    • No one