Last year’s Super Bowl had a viewing audience of 111.5 million people! It has become the most-watched American television program in history.
The Super Bowl game is a wonderful annual event, and the two teams there have gone through a very lengthy season (a process) to arrive at this event.
The people preparing for the event have spent months and even years (a process) to prepare for this event.
Leadership Develops Daily, Not in a Day. – John Maxwell
We tend to overestimate the event and underestimate the process.
John Maxwell shares that the event encourages decisions, motivates people, is a calendar issue, challenges people, and is easy.
However, John also explains that the process encourages development, matures people, is a culture issue, changes people, and is difficult.
Events are important, and it’s easy for us to focus on them…but the secret to winning is found in the process!
Insight: Champions are always made out of the process.
Every leader can compete at the Super Bowl level by employing a three-phase process to discover their core values.
Phase 1 – Determine What Core Values are (…and What They’re Not)!
When I began this process to discover “who I was”, I first learned what core values were and what they were not.
I wrote about it <here> and explained this very important lesson that prepared me for the next phase in the process.
Phase 2 – Start by Reflecting and Then Go Deeper
Have you ever tried to figure yourself out by looking introspectively, bone deep?
Remember this is a process not an event. This process should take weeks or even months.
It is important to understand to not skip the process, but follow these phases.
In a previous blog post, <click here to view>, I shared some of the most difficult questions I had ever asked myself.
Phase 3 – Ask Two Questions to Help You Discover Your Core Values
Finally I got a break-through! By asking those previous questions, I was beginning to understand a few things about myself…characteristics that I could trace back to my childhood.
In another blog post <click here to view>, I explained two important questions that helped me in my values-discovery process. I was learning that there is something inside me that’s expressed in my passions.
Insight: Core values are essential, but everyone doesn’t share the same set of core values. The point is not what core values you have, but that you acknowledge them, that you know what they are, that you (as the leader) build them explicitly into the organization, and that you preserve them over time.
Now It’s Your Turn
I have learned that everyone must discover their own core values. And we each have a unique set of core values.
I’ve made a simple Values Discovery Worksheet for you to use in your own core values journey. It’s FREE, and you can download it immediately by <clicking here>. Feel free to print it or save it for your own use.
What are your core values? What process have you used to discover your core values? Please comment by <clicking here>.