Career Test for the Soul

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?

Use the Life Values Assessment below to prioritize the values from 1 = least willing to give up to 5 = most willing to give up. Enter your ratings in the right hand column. You can also add values of your own before you begin.

Pay particular attention to identifying and prioritizing your top five values. Your goal is to end up with only five Life Values with a rating of 1.

Life Values Assessment
To work with people I respect and to be respected by them
Location To be able to live where I want to live.
Enjoyment To enjoy my work. To have fun doing it.
Loyalty To be committed to the goals of a group of people who share my beliefs, values and ethical principles.
Family To have time with my family
Leadership To motivate and energize other people. To feel responsible for identifying and accomplishing needed group tasks.
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.
Security To have a steady income that fully meets my family's basic needs.
Wisdom 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.
To be deeply involved with a group that has a larger purpose beyond one's self. To perform in effective and caring teamwork.
To earn a great deal of money (i.e., well beyond my family's basic needs). To be financially independent.
To become a known and respected authority in what I do
Service To contribute to the well-being and satisfaction of others. To help people who need help and improve society.
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.
Prestige To be seen by others as successful. To become well known. To obtain recognition and status in my chosen field.
Power To have the authority to approve or disapprove proposed courses of action. To make assignments and control allocation of people and resources.
Independence To have freedom of thought and action. To be able to act in terms of my own time schedules and priorities.
Integrity To live and work in compliance with my personal moral standards. To be honest and acknowledge/stand up for my personal beliefs.
Health To be physically and mentally fit.
Creativity To be innovative. To create new and better ways of doing things.


  • When you are finished, capture this moment in time and print this page for your records
  • 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
Copyright 2002, Nicholas Weiler