What gift in you is untapped? As Jack Canfield has been known to ask, “What are you pretending not to know?” How many times have you attempted to ignore a nudge from within only to experience the constant plaguing of that insight?
Sometimes talents can be hidden behind excuses or even masked underneath what others may view as an annoying habit. Another common response is to dismiss our abilities – especially when acknowledged for being good at a particular skill.
Consider the following:
- What do you notice others doing that you could do as well or better?
- >What compliment(s) do you tend to respond, “No big deal” or “That was easy/nothing” or anything that demeans or dismisses your ability?
- What characteristic are you expressing when some people find you annoying that would be an asset in certain professions?
ie) Ask endless questions . . . . . reporter
Persuasive when person adamant about their stance . . . . . attorney
Unaffected by “No” answers . . . . . sales
Additional note about first bullet point above. Some might view this question as egotistical or trigger a “gremlin” thought of “Who do you think you are?”. Thought may be egotistical if putting someone down in the process, yet what many overlook is they’re putting themselves down when they negate their talent or acknowledge it yet let it lie dormant. Recognizing you can do something as well or better in its beneficial form however, is about inspiring action where there has been complacency. The “gremlin” voice angle is typically a scolding approach that prevents us from expanding our abilities and opportunities. The key is to take the seeds we’ve been granted and do what is necessary to create blossoms. This reminds me of the expression Bloom where you are planted.
We also may utilize our talents in a particular area of expertise and then forget to apply in another capacity of our life. For example, singers are very versed in the importance and application of centered breathing. Yet when interacting with someone they find difficult or faced with an unexpected event, may be stressed due to ineffective breathing.
Still others are quite skilled in an area totally unrelated to their position or current profession. At times these qualities may be a hobby, however, many also tend to do nothing or little with these characteristics which prevents us and others from experiencing the benefits. The challenge for many in this type of scenario is the belief; whether of own convincing or influence from others; that one is unable to earn a living doing x, y, or z. This is an excuse. Why? As long as someone is earning a living at x, y, or z, then the possibility does exist.
It is important to keep in mind developing talents involves risk, especially in the early stages. We may be quite raw and experience uncomfortable feelings and discouragement. A great analogy my best friend recently shared with me is very appropriate with this concept. Plants that experience frost damage, when tended to, can be restored, and in fact, resurrect better than they were. That is indeed the case with lantanas in my front yard. Phoenix had quite a cold spell (agreed, it’s all relative) that damaged the plants and left me questioning what their chances were for survival and revival. After proper pruning and watering they have all re-bloomed nicely . . . and . . . the colors are even more vibrant!
Bottom line, it is a choice to expose a talent and take appropriate steps to hone that ability. This is the case whether you own your own business, work for an organization, or on a personal nature such as with family. Think of where our society would be if everyone were unwilling to embrace their gifts and take the risk to expand. We’d be without the insights of Albert Einstein; the inventions of Thomas Edison; the courageous progress of Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman; the masterpieces of Michelangelo; the music and industry advancements of the Beatles, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson; to name a few.
Maybe future history books will exclude mention of your blossoming talent, and then again, maybe you’ll be included. Maybe your expertise will be hidden from the public eye at large, though with current technology, exposure is more possible than ever before. At minimum, you and the people you surround yourself with (personally and professionally), the lives you serve and touch on a regular basis, deserve your full commitment and effort to sharing the wealth of benefits that can only be reaped from embracing and developing the talents within. What lies dormant within you? What has been nudging you to expand that you’ve been ignoring? What is totally untapped due to a lack of personal development?
Seed gestation to blossom generation takes time, commitment and persistence. What are you waiting for?