The Accountability Call Podcast #32


Jon and I try something a bit different this week: We actually prepared for the podcast!

How many times have you asked or been asked some version of the question, “What is most important to you?” Invariably, we give an answer like family, or health, or authenticity. We give these answers, but are these things really important to us? Are we living a life in which our actions line up with these values we claim to hold dear?

Jon and I decided to do an exercise I came up with that blends part of the book The Power of Full Engagement by Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz and some ideas from the Eben Pagan coaching program I just completed.

I sent Jon a list of common values, and I asked him to pick three that he feels are most important to him. I did the same, and we shared with each other whether we think we are living respective lives that line up with these values. If we are, then our values are becoming virtues, and we’re living a virtuous life. If we aren’t, then we’re kidding ourselves and simply paying lip service.

I encourage you to choose 2-5 of these values yourself, and analyze what you’re doing well and what you need to do better in order to “walk the talk”:

  • Authenticity
  • Balance
  • Commitment
  • Compassion
  • Concern for others
  • Courage
  • Creativity
  • Empathy
  • Excellence
  • Fairness
  • Faith
  • Family
  • Freedom
  • Friendship
  • Generosity
  • Genuineness
  • Happiness
  • Harmony
  • Health
  • Honesty
  • Humor
  • Integrity
  • Kindness
  • Knowledge
  • Loyalty
  • Openness
  • Perseverance
  • Respect for others
  • Responsiblity
  • Security
  • Serenity
  • Service to others

The ultimate goal after identifying our deepest values would be to create some sort of personal mission statement or vision statement that we could use as a daily affirmation. It could go something along the lines of, “I will live a life filled with integrity, making sure that I do the right thing at all times, whether people are watching me or not, in order to be true to myself and set a good example for my kids and all people in my life.”

We would love to hear your how this went for you. Please send me an email to if this exercise added any value to your life. Jon and I would love to share what you got from this on a future podcast.

At the very end of the podcast, we mention a commencement speech by Rick Rigsby that is absolutely phenomenal. I have not been able to stop thinking about this speech! The basic question that we must ask ourselves everyday is, “How you livin’?” I promise you that it will add value to your life:

As always, we hope you enjoy!