The Summit Isn't Enough

Updated: May 22

Five Questions to Reveal Your Values

I'll brag a little. I've hiked miles and miles of Montana trail. I've “bagged” enough peaks to lose count. I've navigated steep, grueling terrain for hundreds (sometimes thousands) of feet on end. Here's what I've learned: the view from the summit is amazing…but not amazing enough to continually return to the 3-5 hour grinding ascent without finding inherent meaning, purpose and fulfillment in it. My point: as you're climbing the mountains in your life, pause to ensure you're climbing the right ones. The climb is where you will spend your life's most valuable resources: your time, your energy and your attention. Define what success means for you. Don’t get to the corner office, the desired title, or the desired number of zeros in your salary only to find you were chasing status and achievements rather than your definition of meaningful, purposeful and fulfilling work. To avoid this dilemma, dive into the truths of your vision, your values, your vital signs and your virtues. These four cardinal directions will create a career compass that takes you to the right trails. You can start by identifying your core values. Narrow down to ten, then work towards five. Resource: Brene Brown Values Sheet. Questions to help identify what they are:

  • What do you own and why?

  • When short on time and money, what do you refuse to omit?

  • What activities and people e