Have you realised yet that you are unique and that you have an amazing talent to offer the world? Have you made an attempt to discover that gift and allow it to emerge for all the world to see?
Even though there are over 6 billion of us occupying this tiny piece of real estate in a gigantic universe you do have something precious which the world needs to see. I think Marianne Williamson said it best when she said – ‘your playing small does not serve the world’. Don’t play small. Find that one you thing you have that you do so well that it is almost unequaled.
Why Talent Gets Wasted
Every year so far, when I’ve been and given my talk at the PRU, I’ve talked about talent. I believe that it is essential to understand and acknowledge that we have something special within. It’s not something with which you need to compete, it’s something you need to discover and use.
I can’t think of anything more sad than seeing someone with so much unique talent and not knowing what to do with it or how to even begin. I’ve met hundreds of people who have both skills and ideas which get buried to the bottom of the cupboard because of one simple thing; lack of self belief. It is this lack of confidence that holds people back from creating a new niche or path.
Discover Your Talents
I’ve heard it often that people are just stuck and not sure what to do with life. The trick is to get out there and try new things. Only when you experiment can you discover what you’re good at, and equally as important, what you’re not good at or what you don’t enjoy.
When you were a child, what did you think you wanted to be when you grew up? I remember one of my dreams was to be an Aeronautical Engineer (don’t ask) or, believe it or not, a Teacher! I think my dreams became more grand as I become older (yes I was a wierd kid) and then it involved doing drama, acting, being on T.V., doing radio, and for many years I put that all on hold.
In the last 5 years or so I decided to revive those dreams and get them back on track. I didn’t just have one dream, I had many. So I decided to take a step into all of them to see which one I enjoyed the most. The funny thing is, they all tie in and are complimenting each other. Each of those talents can be used for a common goal.
How To Tune Into Your Talents
Think back to those flashes you’ve had of things you wanted to do but thought ‘nah, I could never do that’. Where did those flashes come? Did you see something that resonated with you? Was it being a pro stunt driver? Or was it as the chief pie taster at the Mr Kipling cake factory. Take a moment now and really think about it.
So now you have some idea of something that gets the core of your being excited. Remember; your dreams are yours and there is no need to be embarrased or ashamed of dreaming big.
So What Stopped You?
Did you convince yourself that you don’t have what it takes to be good at something? Maybe you’ve just decided that you’ll do it when ‘the time is right’ in the future. That time never comes my friends! You have to take hold of it now. Recognise when you’re creating obstacles and thoughts that are holding you back from taking action now.
What are you really good at?
What are you really good at? Are you a fantastic parent? Maybe you’re an awesome friend. Maybe you’re a meticulous doctor who treats his/her patients as human beings with real compassion? Or maybe you’re an inspiring teacher who speaks the language or his/her students so that they truly absorb the knowledge. Maybe you’re great at discovering new T.V. shows; after all there’s like a thousand channels out there with so much to offer. May be you can bring the smaller shows to the attention of a great audience?
Now That You Know
Now that you know you have a talent or you begun the path of exploring what it is, the question is, what are you going to do with it? Are you going to let it lie dormant to gather dust and cobwebs? Or are you going to now allow it to emerge for the whole world to see? Have you got the guts to set yourself a challenge of taking that gift and risk putting it all on the line? It’s time for you to go balls to the wall and set yourself free from all those false limitations. You have a gift, use it!