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How to Appreciate Your Special Talents
Artistry As A Talent
Talent is God's Gift To You
We All Have Gifts And Talents
Before we can appreciate our talents, we must first identify and know what they are. When I worked with children and adolescents, I often asked them as a part of our self esteem building exercises, to talk about or list those things that they did extraordinarily well, or their talents. Many of the children expressed that they did not have any talents....that they were unable to do anything well.
Often times, these children were regurgitating what they had been told by their parents or care takers, their teachers, and their peers. A talent is defined as "a natural endowment." We all are born with talents. We all have something that we do extraordinarily well.
Our talents are gifts from God....what we do with and how we use these God given gifts is how we glorify God and how we gift back to him.
If you are like the children I worked with and believe that you do not have a talent, following are some steps you can take to find your talent. I like to use the words "finding your genius" as genius is synonymous with talent. Genius seems to me to be the highest level of talent.
Recognizing that you have within you the potential to be an Einstein, a Leonardo Da Vinci, a Prince, Thomas Edison, a Michael Jordan, an Oprah Winfrey, a Stephen King, a Michael Phelps, a J.K. Rowling, a Danielle Steele, et al, is empowering, motivating, and self-esteem building.
Oprah Winfrey developed an exercise that can be done with a friend to assist you in discovering your talent.
How often have you gotten a compliment on your creativity or your patience or your resilience, only to wave it off, assuming that these strengths must come easily to everyone? In my 30 years as a lifestyle/career coach and author, the mistake I see people make time and again is failing to recognize their talents. An honest inventory may be difficult -- even impossible -- for you to do yourself. So sit with a friend and try this exercise. It's a new twist on something I call the Self-Correcting Life Scenario, and it's one of my favorites. Oprah Winfrey
1. Ask your friend to name three of your strengths.
2. Tell your friend your top passion. Then have your friend tell an imaginary story of your life, based on this passion and your strengths. For instance, "You're organized, creative, and friendly, and your passion is baking. So, you run a bakery where customers can buy cupcakes with little icing portraits of themselves."
3. Take a minute to imagine this fantasy as your real life. Tell your friend what appeals to you ("Making cupcakes with artistic frosting would be awesome!") and what makes you cringe ("I'd never start my own business -- the thought of bookkeeping gives me hives").
4. Now your friend revises the story based on your feedback. ("Okay, you organize monthly bake sales at the local Boys & Girls Club. Kids buy the cupcakes and paint their own portraits.")
5. Keep going back and forth until the story feels right. This may take three or 13 rounds -- there's no need to rush. Your friend will likely suggest unexpected scenarios. Don't let knee-jerk objections ("That would cost too much!" "When would I have time?") shape your feedback. This is about crafting a scenario tailored to your strengths.
6. Stop when the story feels completely satisfying. You've just shaped your passion into a goal and defined what you do and don't want from your calling.
This is a great exercise to use for yourself, a friend, or with your child. If you are a Counselor or if you work with kids in any capacity, this is a revealing and fun exercise for them. It enables them to share their life stories and thereby discover the answer to questions they might have about their interests, aptitudes, areas of training or college curriculum, and career paths.
- Set up opportunities for meeting with professionals in your areas of interests or talents. This way you will gather first hand information as to what you can expect and what you will need to learn. You may find that you will need to change or adjust your aspirations.
As a young and recent college graduate, I knew that my calling was to work with and help others. I applied and interviewed to work with the American Red Cross. In viewing films on some of the things I might be faced with, I made the decision to teach school instead. You see I was told that there was a possibility that I would be assigned to help flood victims. In one of the films I watched, a worker was holding up a huge snake.( I later learned that when it floods in certain areas, snakes are usually around.) As one with snake phobia, I started screaming and ran from the room. I am not able to look at a picture of a snake or one on TV or in a movie.
Another example of having to adjust or make a change concerns my younger brother who always wanted to be a surgeon. He joined the Air Force after high school planning to go to college and Medical School on the GI Bill. After losing his arm in Vietnam, he pursued college and graduate degrees in Biology and Chemistry. His injury caused him to go into cancer research where he was very happy.
How To Find Your Genius or Talent
- Take an inventory of those things you love to do. Remember the things you did as a child that made you laugh, the games you played. Perhaps you liked to play "Pretend" or "Doctor," "Airplane Pilot,""Race Car Driver"? What was it that you could do for hours on end and never got tired or lost interest in?
- Take an inventory of those things that you are passionate about. Is there a cause you are championing? Are there individuals you'd like to help or advocate for? What is it that you are willing to fight for....to die for? What are those things that really turn you on and give you that warm and fuzzy feeling? What is it that makes you feel empowered and competent?
- Take an inventory of what you want to achieve? What is it that you want to do most in your lifetime? What will it take for you to consider yourself a success ....and for you to be happy?
- Take an inventory of those things that you have fun doing. Often times the secret to your talent lies in those things that you consider as play or hobbies. Yet, it is possible that these things can lead to more, maybe even a vocation
- Solicit the help of a professional in finding your talents. Various Personality tests and inventories can offer some insights into the way that you think and feel and what you might be good at doing.
- Take an inventory of those things that you've done that others have complimented you on. These things will give you a place to start in discovering what others think you're good at or excel in.
- Once you discover your talents, practice as often as you can so that you can get better. Seek the help of a teacher or mentor if necessary.
God made us all unique,
Born in a world of talents,
Giving us one each,
Helping us all to balance.
But sometimes these are used wrong,
Sometimes we forget to thank God,
When in his arms we should belong,
Singing and chanting "I love you God."
So let those who haven't found theirs yet,
Tackle their way through life,
Give them the joy of knowing they can't regret,
In using for wrong and right.
Even when we're feeling low,
Or think there's no way out,
We think we have no way to go,
Not knowing what you're about.
Finally we pull through,
Because you're our only hope,
we know it's you we'll never lose,
You give us the strength to cope.
So as you made us all unique,
Giving us different talents,
Help us to find one each,
So we can truly balance!
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When did you discover your genius or talent?
We All Have Gifts To Share
Children Need To Develop and Practice Their Talent
God Gives Us Talents
How To Appreciate Your Talent
Now that you have identified your talent, just how do you go about appreciating it? The first step to take is:
- The practice of GRATITUDE. Thank the Universe for your talent. The more you give out vibrations of deep, sincere and emotionally filled gratitude in the universe, the more the universe will give back to you things to be grateful for. See this for more on the value of gratitude.http://ladydeonne.hubpages.com/hub/The-Power-Of-Graitude
- Don't be selfish. Share your gifts with the world. Doing so will help make this world a better place.
- Value and treasure your talent. Every gift is precious and God given. All talents are equally valuable. Your gift or talent may not be music, dance, art, or creative writing. Your talent may be to make the lives of the sick and disabled more comfortable and happy by serving as a Certified Nursing Assistant or Orderly. Your talent may be caring for young children in a home or daycare setting. Perhaps you are an extraordinarily superb auto mechanic or cook. All of these are honorable and God given talents that provide value to others.
- Be happy and content with what God has given you and celebrate your uniqueness. Expressing your gratitude and being in a state of continuous joy and thankfulness will cause your light to shine and bring joy to the world.
- Appreciating your talents helps you to feel more self confident and sure of yourself. You begin to see yourself as one of great value and purpose. You know that you are following your heart and doing what you are supposed to be doing...that you are following your life 's mission.
Following are some quotes on talent that I found to be motivational and inspiring that I'd like to share with you.
According to this law [the law of Dharma], you have a unique talent and a unique way of expressing it. There is something that you can do better than anyone else in the whole world--and for every unique talent and unique expression of that talent, there are also unique needs. When these needs are matched with the creative expression of your talent, that is the spark that creates affluence. Expressing your talents to fulfill needs creates unlimited wealth and abundance. Deepak Chopra
Our talents are the gift that God gives to us... What we make of our talents is our gift back to God. Leo Buscaglia
We are told that talent creates its own opportunities. But it sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities but its own talents. Eric Hoffer
Sometimes we fight who we are, struggling against ourselves and our natures. But we must learn to accept who we are and appreciate who we become. We must love ourselves for what and who we are, and believe in our talents.
Artistic talent is a gift from God and whoever discovers it in himself has a certain obligation: to know that he cannot waste this talent, but must develop it.”
John Paul II
Now that you are reminded that it is your obligation to discover your talent, to develop and nurture it, and to share it with the world; expressing gratitude and appreciation for that talent will serve as your gift back to the Universe and bring more goodness and joy into your life and into the lives of those you touch. The highest form of appreciation you can give for your talent is to use it and share it with the world.
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