Recently, a very “successful” professional asked me a question that seems to surface periodically when someone is starting to dig for their personal core values: What if I discover my values don’t align with my organization or my career … as in I’m in the wrong place?

It’s a logical question. And I’m sure there are some examples where the digging reveals a complete disconnect. In those cases, it sure seems like it would be a valuable confirmation of what I’m pretty certain the digger already knows!

In most cases, however, the question begins with a false assumption of values being about where you are. Values point to who you are regardless of your whereabouts.

Knowing your own core values and then taking the ownership to plug those values into bringing your organization’s values to life each day could very well help you realize you are precisely where you need to be.

French-born novelist, Anais Nin, described the potential of this transformation quite well when she said, “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.” It’s so very true.

When we know and then live from our true core, we will be amazed what can come about … regardless of our whereabouts!