If you’re anything like us here at Day Designer, you’re probably a pretty self-aware person. You’re focused on growth—personal, professional, spiritual, and more—and you’re well attuned to your own habits, ticks, strengths, and challenges.

But do you know what make you uniquely you, and how you can use that to provide value in your own life and in the lives of others?

Do you know your core?

It’s an important thing to discover for that very reason: when you know what you uniquely have to offer the world, you are in a better position to live a well-intentioned life, support other people, and feel the fulfillment that we’re, ultimately, all seeking.

So, what is at the core of who you are? Or, perhaps most importantly, how can you begin to figure out what it is?

In the Flagship Day Designer, we provide a simple framework for defining your core: your Values + your Passions + your Strengths = your Core. This unique intersection is what sets you apart from every other human on this planet and it is the place from which you can provide the most value: in your work, in your family, and truly in every moment of your existence on this planet.

And isn’t that why we’re all here? To provide value in every way that we can?

Let’s dive a little deeper into each of these elements:

Your Values

What matters most to you in this world? Perhaps it’s your family, maybe it’s a social justice cause, or maybe it’s personal characteristic such as honesty or bravery. Whatever it is (and it may be a great many things), get clear on what is most important to you. Doing work and building relationships that align with your values will keep you motivated and energized in your life.

Your Passions

These are the activities and ideas and people that keep you engaged. What are the things you would do, even if you wouldn’t get paid or wouldn’t get recognition? Who are the people you can spend hours around and still feel energized? What are the ideas that have popped into your head that you can’t stop thinking about? These are your passions. These are the things that set your heart and your mind on fire—and they are important to note, because you want to work on or pursue what you’re excited about. That’s where you—and that’s where we all—create and serve best.

Your Strengths

What do you do uniquely well? What are the activities that come easily to you? This can sometimes be hard to pin down, because we assume things that come easily to us come easily to everyone. Not true! Think back on the times that people—whether friends, family, coworkers, or complete strangers—have complimented your skills. What have they highlighted? What were they impressed by? These are your unique strengths, and they’re valuable because not everyone can do them as well as you. Knowing your strengths helps you build a career and strengthen relationships based on how you can best serve other people.

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Each of these three elements represents a different, important facet to your personality. And when you look at them together, you’ll find your core. Once you’ve identified that, you can easily identify the work, the relationships, and the activities where you can best contribute and where you will excel. It’s a win-win for you and for everybody in your life!

So, instead of setting goals and pursuing outcomes based on who you think you should be or how you think you should feel, define your core first so you can approach the design and the growth of your life and your business from an authentic perspective.

We’ve got something to support you in getting started! Download this FREE Core Elements Worksheet and start identifying the intersection of your values, passions, and strengths right now.

We’re curious: what is one of your own values, passions, and/or strengths? Share with us in the comments below!


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