People who are especially talented in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their life.
This one was a little surprising only because it’s so inherent to me that I have to remind myself that not everyone thinks this way. I mean, I know some people don’t think this way, but I never really thought of it as one of my “strengths.” I was raised with strong values, so I have strong values. It’s natural, right? Well, maybe, but I suppose that doesn’t stop it from being one of my strengths. Because these descriptions do ring very true. Here’s a few phrases from the book that jumped out at me (emphasis added):
“…ordinarily your Belief theme causes you to be family-oriented, altruistic, even spiritual, and to value responsibility and high ethics — both in yourself and others.” … Check.
“[These values] give your life meaning and satisfaction; in your view, success is more than money and prestige.” … Check.
“Your Belief makes you easy to trust. It also demands that you find work that meshes with your values. Your work must be meaningful; it must matter to you. And guided by your Belief theme it will matter only if it gives you a chance to live out your values.” …Check
I don’t have much else to say about those, except that they are very, very true. I’ve had jobs that I didn’t find meaningful, and they just drain me and burn me out. I will take a lower paycheck in order to do the kind of work I love, where I’m making a difference. In a heartbeat. You know, as long as we can still pay the rent.
Now for the Personalized Strengths Insights. I’m not going to post the whole thing like I did last time, but there are pieces that I thought were really relevant, so here they are:
By nature, you want your life to really matter. You are determined to contribute to the well-being of individuals and the human family. You sense you can be an influence for good in the world…
I always described this as knowing that I have something to give. I feel so fulfilled when I know I’ve made a difference, even if it is something as simple as an 8th grader telling me that she was afraid of writing essays until she took my class. I know I can be an influence for good in the world. Please just give me a chance.
… you often find yourself part of something much larger such as building team spirit or raising funds for a worthy cause. This sense of being linked to other people means a lot more to you than finishing first or claiming an award.
Youth group work. Enough said.
Chances are good that you are naturally inclined to make sacrifices that benefit someone else.
I feel weird talking about this one, because I don’t like to be all “look at me! I make sacrifices!” But I do. I uprooted my career to support my husband in his. I fought battles for students that I didn’t have to fight, that took my job far beyond just being their teacher for a year, that they didn’t even know about. Making sacrifice is one way I can make the world a better place.
… Driven by your talents, you tend to be realistic. You see things as they really are. You feel it is a waste of time to consider far-fetched ideas — that is, proposals that are unlikely to occur. Often this means you point out obstacles, glitches, or difficulties others do not or prefer not to see.
Generally, this is absolutely true. The one exception to this is that I do go along with my husband’s far-fetched ideas, but that’s only because experience has taught me that his crazy ideas work, even when they seem like they shouldn’t. But otherwise, yes, I tend to be realistic. I push, I dream, but I think things through realistically, too.
Being a realist and peacemaker, you counsel others to separate facts from emotion when searching for ways to turn negative situations into positive outcomes.
A realist and a peacemaker. I like that. Because, quite frankly, fighting doesn’t accomplish much productivity. I don’t back down from disagreement, but I reason things through and look at the practical side. A calm answer really can turn away wrath.
In conclusion, I like the elements they pull together to form my Belief theme. I always knew that I need to finding meaning and purpose in my work. I need to feel like I’m making a difference. But the concept of making sacrifices for others, being realistic, and a peacemaking wouldn’t naturally come to mind before I read the Personalized Insights. They are true; they accurately describe me. I just wouldn’t have naturally considered them when someone asked me to describe myself.