In my last post, I introduced you to the concept of Virtue. We explored what it is, and discussed the fact that it is the core aspect of your identity — your fundamental strength.
There are 9 Virtues in all, and each person possesses one of them in a way that is more dominant than the others. The 9 Virtues come from the Bible, in 2 Peter 1:5-7:
“For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.”
Today we’ll take a closer look at the first three: diligence, faith, and valor.
Before we begin, however, a quick word of caution: it will be tempting to read these blog posts and try to determine for yourself which is your Virtue. I encourage you not to do that. Usually, it takes an objective observer — a mentor or coach — to help you identify your Virtue. Many of the people I’ve worked with who have tried to do this on their own have gotten it wrong. Because knowing your Virtue is such an important step in the journey to transformation, it’s very important that you work with a trained third party who can help you identify yours. A misidentification can lead you down the wrong path entirely.
That out of the way, let’s move into a deeper exploration of these three Virtues.
1. Diligence. Diligence is a sense of joy and a hope for future expectations. A person who is diligent is not easily distracted, but moves forward, steadily and energetically, toward her goals. A diligent person is an optimist through and through: she believes that she can create the outcomes she seeks.
2. Faith. Faith is a sense of safety and pursuit of the unknown. A person who is faithful has deep and abiding trust in God and the universe, and believes that all things are possible. A faithful person isn’t afraid to take risks for high rewards.
3. Valor. Valor is a sense of trust and impulse for creative expression. A person whose Virtue is valor is drawn to their intuitive sense of out-of-the-box thinking, supernatural insights and boldly blazing paths where no one else has gone. He trusts the world to be beautiful, and as a result finds beauty everywhere.
In our next posts, we’ll explore the other 6 Virtues.
For now, discuss in the comments below: what kind of experience have you had with each of the above three Virtues?
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