Belonging, Independence, Mastery, and Generosity
While to-do lists and deadlines are important to moving forward in our lives, clarifying our own intentions can move us in the direction we really want to go. The Circle of Courage, a strengths-based development philosophy, identified four crucial elements that may be useful guideposts as you navigate classes, activities, relationships and responsibilities:
Belonging: Relationships of Respect
Mastery: Competence and Achievement
Independence: Personal Responsibility / Inner Discipline
Generosity: Making Positive Contributions
Belonging is one guidepost we use at Career Services. Core elements of building a sense of belonging are: People, Place & Purpose.
How can this be helpful? Here are some questions to ask in your work/life exploration:
Who is doing work you believe in?
Who would you love to work with? Live near? Serve?
Where do you have or want to build connection?
In what type of environment do you flourish? Location? Organizational culture?
What do you love doing?
What skills to you want to use? What is needed that you have to offer?
These questions can offer a larger perspective than your major, GPA and resume. Reflect, explore and move in the direction that matters to you!