What is the Difference Between a Goal and a Core Value?

Last year, I wrote about what is the difference between a goal and an intention? Recently I had the question from a client, what is the difference between a goal and a core value? So today, I am going to share that!

In this post I will discuss –

  • What is a Goal?
  • What is a Core Value?
  • What is the Difference Between a Goal and a Core Value?

Let’s get started!

 

What is a Goal?

The definitions of goals I discovered were –

For me, a goal is a desired outcome or end result and something you can tick-off. Generally goals follow the SMART process – S for Specific, M for Measurable, A for Achievable, R for Relevant and T for Time-Based.

 

What is a Value, a Value System and a Core Value?

The term value, sometimes is used interchangeably with a value system and / or core values, so I decided to share them all. Following are the definitions of a value, a value system and core values –

  • Value – “The regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness of something.”Oxford Dictionaries
  • “A personal value is absolute or relative and ethical value, the assumption of which can be the basis for ethical action. A value system is a set of consistent values and measures. A principle value is a foundation upon which other values and measures of integrity are based.” – Wikipedia
  • Value – “A principle, standard, or quality considered worthwhile or desirable.”The Free Dictionary
  • Value – “Principles or standards of behaviour; one’s judgement of what is important in life.”Google search
  • Core values are the fundamental beliefs of a person or organization. The core values are the guiding principles that dictate behavior and action. Core values can help people to know what is right from wrong; they can help companies to determine if they are on the right path and fulfilling their business goals; and they create an unwavering and unchanging guide.” – Your Dictionary

 

What is the Difference Between a Goal and a Core Value?

As you can see by the above, the key difference between a goal and a core is –

  • a goal is can be achieved and core values continue to guide us before, during and after achieving a goal,
  • a goal is something we do and core values are something we are,
  • a goal is something we want to do, whilst core values are something we are,
  • a goal is set by the individual, whilst core values are discovered or decided upon,
  • a goal can be set externally, how a core value is the individual and comes from within,
  • a goal is a destination, whilst core values are more directions,

 

Questions for Reflection –

The following questions might help you get a sense of the differences between a goal and a core value –

  1. How do you feel when you don’t achieve or accomplish a goal? Now, how do you feel when you do achieve or accomplish a goal?
  2. How do you feel when you someone has different values to you?

“If you want to identify me, ask me not where I live, or what I like to eat, or how I comb my hair, but ask me what I am living for, in detail, ask me what I think is keeping me from living fully for the thing I want to live for.” ~ Thomas Merton

 

I hope this post has helped you identify the difference between a goal and a core value. If you have any further questions, please comment below.

 

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