What first comes to mind when you hear the word ‘talent’?
I don’t know about you, but I automatically think of talent shows with people belting out ballads or doing magic tricks… but do you ever think of yourself and your talents?
I find it hard to toot my own horn, as I have mentioned many times before, but a conversation with David the other day really got me thinking – what is my talent?
My first thought was to say nothing actually (I know, I know, talk about putting myself down). But when I really thought about it, I realised I have quite a few talents – writing for one, cooking being another. And I’m sure if I really listened to what others tell me, combined with what I find joyful in life, I’m sure I could think of many more.
Have you ever explored your talents? For this weeks ‘5 Top Tips on a Tuesday’ we can dive head first into what makes us shine, helping us identify and promote our amazing qualities.
In order to expose your talents, you really do have to entertain them. I started blogging 3 years ago. Did I know I would be good? Did I know I could write? Heck no! I just felt the urge to write and communicate with others and the skill developed. All of our exceptional sports men and women didn’t start out exceptional, they just had a spark, a knack/ way of doing things that made them stand out – they entertained their talents with hard work and boom, look where they are today. You may not want an Olympic gold but allowing your unique talent to grow can promote such self confidence and pride – it’s a great feeling.
Allow them to be your hobby… and beyond
It is perfectly acceptable to let your talent be your hobby. But for some their talent really does shine in their career. If I use David for example, he is super talented in his role at work. For him, the ideas that inspire him day in, day out to constantly strive to develop new products is mind blowing. He has a genuine talent and the lucky guy also gets paid for it! It’s ok for your talent to be found within your job – embrace it and be pleased that you get to let it shine every day!
Express yourself – be an individual
What your talent may be, is up to you, but chances are developing and engaging in it will allow you to be an individual. It will allow you to express who you really are and feel. It might be writing via blogging, taking pictures or pouring love into a recipe but let your own personality shine through. Own it!
Our talents bring us joy and help us to feel unique and special. It’s perfectly ok to want to shout about them from the rooftops if you want to – it’s allowed, you’re good at it! But in order to really honour your talents you must find time for them. As I have mentioned many times before, make what you love a priority and life will love you back.
It’s not always what you think
Really struggling to define what some of your talents might be? I hear you. We can often shower praise on others, but on ourselves is a different story. Asking a friend or family member that you trust often helps… but do we truly believe them?
Sometimes your talents are to be found in areas out with the norm. As with life, think outside the box. Your talent could be in your listening skills, working with children or the elderly, your ability to organise or even in lighter aspects of life – ironing, catching a ball, doing crosswords or finding good bargains at the store! They all matter. They all make you, YOU.
Tell me some of your talents!
What is the one talent you wish you had?
Do you have any little quirky talents? – I can make anything fit in a suitcase – gold star packer right here!