Now before you reach for the sarcastic comment or the personal put down, I want you to a minute and consider this truth. I believe we all have at least one gift how are you utilizing yours?
Does it matter any? Yes, because life is too short!
It is so easy to make a joke out of such statements but the truth is sometimes even the joking has come out of a deeper place of disappointment and hurt of the sense of not achieving our goals.
“Okay, Angela don’t go there, just lighten up!” you may be saying. That’s fine with me I just want you to reflect on where your strengths and talents lie. So here I go with the questions:
1. What are you naturally gifted, or good, at? Oftentimes you find you have not been trained to do it. It just comes out of you! Don’t be embarrassed to ask your |(sensible) friends and family to help you identify it.
2. Does your gift make you happy when you use it? Just because you can does not always mean you should!
3. If you could make a living out of your gift, would you? We don’t always know how to turn our gifts into revenue but this is not impossible!
Can you imagine a life where you spend your “working” time just doing what you love and how happy this would make you, not to mention how much money you could make too!
On the other hand imagine a life where you have no interest in your job or career and are just doing it to pay the bills or live a certain lifestyle? The funny thing is, you could be very good at what you do does not mean that you love it!
Did you know that the most successful businesses have their starting point in having a natural flair which may not have been recognized initially? They may have had little or no money but they had a talent!
It takes courage to take steps towards your ideal role of doing what you love and loving what you do. Some of these steps may include:
1. Taking up a course of study to finely tune your gifts or at least get certified for them.
2. Creating or joining a network of like-minded people who can support you and vice-versa
3. Being more strategic with how you use your time by devoting some energy to create a picture of what you would really like and how.
4. Be prepared to invest in yourself, regardless of supports you in the beginning.
Remember the old adage:-Nothing ventured, nothing gained? I conclude by adding: no point living in regret of what you did not do. Why? Because…