Belief®: This is Why it Matters…

The Belief talent theme is very powerful. I refer to it as a “rules-based” talent. The belief talent energizes people to act and also greatly intensifies and shapes their other talents. If talent themes had movies this one’s would be “Do the Right Thing.” A favorite book might be, “The Purpose Driven Life.” It is also worth noting that this is one of two talents that commonly show up in people whose spiritual lives are important to them. For more about Belief, read on…   


It is common for people with a top-ranking Belief talent to have deep and clear core values. Those values not only provide clarity regarding what you stand for and against but also motivate you to act on those values. In this way, Belief guides the focus and direction of the other talents. It is very common to find people with Belief in their top 5 devoted to helping others and active in their religious community. 

Words that often describe you: Belief provides you with:

  • Passionate Energy
  • Caring Vision
  • Altruistic Motivation
  • Service-oriented Direction
  • Boundaried Passion
  • Spiritual Core Values
  • Defined

Your clarity of conviction about who you are and where you are going can make it easy for others to trust you. You are not a mystery because your motivations are known. As a result it may be easy for you to lead with a strong, heartfelt vision. Those qualities are great for creating safety and building strong teams.

If Belief is in your top 5 have you taken the time to identify, name and define your core values? Socrates said, “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Examine your values and beliefs. Challenge them and ask yourself whether or not each one is truly a rule. A wise friend of mine once said, “In matters of preference, defer. In matters of principal, stand.” Make sure you know where you stand.

How do you experience the Belief talent? Have you taken the time to identify, define, and evaluate your values? How are you using your Belief talent this week? How is it influencing your other talents? What can you do to grow this talent this week? Feel free to leave a comment. If you want a free values assessment send me an email and I will send one to you.

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