You’ve got talent! You know you have!
You already know some of your talents, there are some hidden away, though. Forgotten in the recesses of your mind, you’ve been using only the ones you are aware of. Yes; you have done well!
To really get you playing to all your strengths and living your life your way, let’s count down five awesome ways to find your hidden talents and show the world what you are really made of:
- Write out a talent check-list
Take a piece of paper and make five columns, start in the first column by writing a list of the talents you know you have already, would like to have or think you have! Use the second column to rank your competency in each talent listed on a scale of 1-4 (with 1 = I need to work on this; 2 = I am ok at this; 3 = I am good and that’s enough; or 4 = I am a pro!). Columns three, four and five are respectively headed (3) I enjoy using this talent, (4) I’d like to develop this further and (5) I have achievements/rewards/awards in this area. Put a tick as relevant in columns 3-5 appropriate to the talent listed.
Looking at this list, you may be surprised just how many talents pop up when you think about them. As they are ranked, you can easily see what you enjoy and what needs more work… off you go, you know what to do!
- What you enjoy most
Look over your life, jot down all the things you enjoy most. Anything. For example: Feeling the sun at your back, typing up a document or hugging your children. Whatever you enjoy, get it noted and compared to the list in 5 above.
Anything that is not already in the talent check- list, add it in… interesting result isn’t it? Keep going with this!
- Recognition, awards and rewards
Think back through your entire life, from school through to this point in time. Where did you get the most recognition? What was the praise you received most?
For example, I never considered myself a writer. When I was working through my talents I realised my top school marks and awards were for creative writing.
At work, I was always praised for my creativity in reporting and no, not fudging figures. Rather, using a creative approach to make difficult concepts understood!
I now have joined a creative writing class and since been published – who knew!
So, what are those hidden talents of yours lurking in the depths of your own memories?
Same as before, get them noted and added to the list started in point five.
- Easy-peasy lemon squeezy!
Now, have a think about the things you do without thinking. Yes, you know what I mean. The very things where people ask: ‘how did you do that?’ and you reply: ‘I don’t know, I just did!’
My neighbour has three boys aged under ten and a full-time job (I know, right!). How she does it I don’t know. I think she has more than mere talent; she has a superpower called ‘organisation’!
We all have our own super-powers. Have a think about what you find easy. That is your talent-super-power.
So, what are the things you find a doddle?
Yup, if they aren’t already on your list, ranked and ticked, make it happen!
- Getting lost in space and time
In number one place we have the very things you get lost in space and time with… your garden, writing, dancing in the moonlight… what are the things you love doing so much that many hours whizz by?
Hidden somewhere, in that sense of enjoyment and pleasure, is a real gem of a talent. Something worth nurturing and developing further.
There, that’s it, your hidden talent, the one you have been searching for. It is there in clear daylight.
Your awesome talent checklist should include this gem as your number one priority.
Now, take action on making it a real part of your every day life.
You now have five key areas to locate and note your talents. You know what they are, what needs developing and what your priorities are. Go wild, do what you love doing best.
You’ve got talent, yes you do!
Cheryl-lya is a Soul Adventurer, helping women around the globe plan, launch and grow successful and sustainable businesses. She runs workshops alongside one-to-one coaching. To contact her: call UK mobile 07527 303 911, or visit her website soulscompass.net and schedule a free Virtual Cuppa. Say ‘hello’ or share your joys via email: firstname.lastname@example.org