Belief, according to StrengthsFinder, attributes this strength to “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.” Belief is not in my top five strengths, however, it is in my roommate’s top five. When I asked her what it meant to her, she said it means she looks for work that aligns with her values before the amount of money she could earn. These values do not necessarily mean religious values. She also told me this strength makes it easy for her to disagree with those who do not share her values.
My roommate’s description of how this strength is noticeable in her life is similar to the people who are quoted in the book StrengthsFinder 2.0. One example describes a man who does a lot of work with the Boy Scouts because he finds value in the future. Another lady accepts a lower salary, compared to others in similar positions, because she values the work she does. And lastly, a lady working in a stressful position finds motivation from her belief in the importance of her work.
StrengthsFinder 2.0 provides a list of this strength in action:
- To better define your core values, think about a good day and ask yourself what values were apparent that day? Then consider how you can structure your life to have more days that include these values.
- Look for positions or organizations you can join that define themselves by what they give back to society.
- Consider how the meaning or purpose of your work can help others find meaning or purpose in their own work.
- Write a “purpose statement” for your life and share it with your friends and family. The emotional appeal of this can inspire them.
- Save letters, pictures, or other mementos that remind you of the difference you make in the work that you do. On a bad day, these can be powerful reminders of the importance in the work you do.
- Do not spend every moment working. Make time for your personal life and your own needs as well.
Here are a couple of ideas of how to use Belief in career planning (from the StrengthsQuest book):
- Spend time think about your “calling.” Once you have articulated this mission, learn about careers that can help you fulfill it.
- Environments that are a good fit with your own mission and beliefs will bring out your best. Seek employment in companies and organizations that exhibit a strong sense of mission – that is, a commitment to positively affecting the quality of people’s lives.
- Environments that are people-oriented, that provide service to others, or that reward personal growth are likely to allow your Belief talents to flourish.
- Workplaces that respect your commitment to your family and allow for balance between work and family demands will enable you to thrive.
Quick note: StrengthsFinder and StrengthsQuest are actually the same assessment. Where they differ is the resources available to the assessment taker. StrengthsFinder has resources aimed at individuals working in Corporate America type of companies while StrengthsQuest has resources aimed at college students. You can take StrengthsQuest, for $15, at the Career & Internship Services office in SCC 22.