Defining My Strengths
One of my strengths in the StrengthsFinders test is belief. This belief is the core foundation to why I do what I do. I have strong convictions about the things people should be doing and the things that people need to be doing. Although these beliefs drive me on where I want to go and what I believe is right for people to do, I do my best in making sure that I do not hold everyone to my own personal values because theirs might be different or similar, but will never be exactly the same.
The first value that I like to examine is integrity. This value holds a special place in my life. I enjoy doing tasks or assignments to the best of their value and being integral with the time I spend on those projects. More importantly, i never want someone to look at me and assume that I am not a stand up person. Every encounter I have and every task I complete should build itself to further show that I live a life with integrity.
Industry is another value I hold onto. I believe that everything I do should be done to my best effort. Although this may have its downfalls or working too hard, I believe that is you are not working hard, you will not get the results you want. I desire to do everything to the best ability I can and I cannot do that if I am not working hard at the tasks that I am doing.
Timeliness is important to what I do on a daily basis. I remember in eighth grade hearing the phrase “Early is on time, on time is late, and showing up late is unacceptable.” This was drilled into me for many of years in my band experience and in the sports I played. Now, I always try to show up early or on time to events or meetings whenever I am fully able to do so and have learned how to give myself grace when life is thrown my way and I do not necessarily have total control over when I show up.
Finally, authenticity has become my most recent and most challenging value to uphold. This is something in my time at Biola University that I have learned is extremely important and beneficial to the team of people I have worked with. The times that I want not authentic with my team, was also the time that I let them down in different ways. Once I noticed the importance of what being authentic meant, I knew that I needed to uphold this in my daily life just as much as I do in my professional/work life. I will not be able to make a difference in someone’s life unless I choose to be authentic with them in my own life.
If I am not aware of my own personal values, I will not be able to uphold those well as I live out my life and therefore not able to make a difference in the lives of people around me.