Your Strength Lies Within;3 sure Ways To Discover And Harness Your Hidden Talents
1 June 2020 Blog
Finding our natural talents can be quite difficult to do. It took the Lock down to unveil some of mine., I also can safely assume that like me, so many of us are rediscovering ourselves at this time.
Discovering what your talents are can be extremely hard to figure out. Sometimes Its many things combined together.Because of that, It may be necessary to seek out expert advice on how to not only identify, but embrace and hone in on your natural talents.
Doug Wilks is a talent investigator who founded StrengthsLauncher.his work has been used by Leonard Kim www.inc.com,to help us professionally identify, as well as embrace and harness our natural talents.
Doug Wilks provided these 3 key insights to discover what your natural talents are:
1.What Thrilled You As A Child?
Take two minutes and recall your most joyous memories from elementary school.
What made those moments so enjoyable? What were the common threads?
Were you highly competitive as a 9-year-old? Maybe you loved soccer and couldn’t wait for recess every day. You lived for it. You cherished that moment you could run out to the practice field and start competing.
Or, maybe you enjoyed working on big, competitive, team-oriented projects? Your friends loved it when you were in their group. You had a knack for nudging the whole team’s grade from B- to A . You relished these opportunities. It was thrilling.
As you ponder these childhood memories, consider what similar activities thrill you as an adult.
Why do we make certain choices and enjoy certain activities? Why are we better at some things than others?
Understanding your unique talents gives you answers to these questions. Your unique talents show you why you make certain choices, enjoy certain activities and are better at some things than others. In fact, there’s only a 1-in-33 million chance you have the same top 5 talent themes as another person!
So, understand that what thrilled you as a grade school student and what thrills you as an adult are actually very similar. You’re just using those same talent themes–Competition and Strategy–in different environments.
What work tasks today most closely resemble that joy you felt 20, 30 years ago?
Find ways to tilt your work today toward those moments that thrilled you from yesterday.
Those grade school memories are powerful stories that reveal what your talents are and how to use them.
2. You Lose Track of Time
Imagine this: It’s 9:00 AM Saturday morning. Your time is your own. Somehow, you have a free calendar for a few hours.
You begin a favorite activity. Maybe it’s playing guitar or gardening or writing that novel. Maybe it’s coding Python for that personal pet project you started months ago.
This activity, whenever you do it, pulls you in like a tractor beam. Your mind, body and intuition begin working in perfect symmetry. You lose track of time. Before you know it, it’s 12:30 and you haven’t even thought about lunch yet.
What if work was just as fulfilling as your Saturday morning side project? Is it even possible to capture and harness that magic?
Yes-take very close note of moments like this. If you’re so captivated in an activity that you lose track of time, you’re experiencing one of the key symptoms of flow.
And, if you’re experiencing any amount of flow on a project, you’re most likely also using one or more of your natural talents.
3. What do you yearn to do?
What fire is burning inside of you at this very moment?
There’s never been an easier time in the course of human history to begin fulfilling your life’s mission than right now.
Do you love writing? Cool. Start a blog.
Can you crochet better than anyone in the area? Great. Make a few extra scarves and sell them .How about baking, cooking .photography and the likes
Does even thinking about meeting and connecting with new people send you into happiness overdrive? Perfect. Launch a meet-up for local executives in your city.
Enjoy all three? Even better. Start a monthly meet-up for expert crochet bloggers.
In a perfect world, everyone would get to use their strengths at work every day.
Unfortunately, that’s not the case for most people. In fact, 63% of workers worldwide are not engaged in their work. This doesn’t even include the 24% who are actively disengaged.
While there are multiple reasons for this, one of the key factors is most workers don’t get to use their natural talents at work on a daily basis.
Think about it. In nature, eagles can fly between 75 and 125 miles a day. Wild elephants can roam up to 50 miles a day. If that eagle or elephant is locked-up in a cage, they’re not living the way they were made to live. They’ve been stifled, suffocated, trapped.
Similarly, millions of workers aren’t able to do what they were made to do on a daily basis.
What do you yearn to do?
If you find yourself in a place where you’re not using your gifts, that realization can be painful and uncomfortable. Thankfully, life is a journey, not one isolated day.
Find at least one small way to begin recapturing some of that joy you felt back in grade school. Get lost in a favorite activity and lose track of time on a Saturday morning. Hone in on what you yearn to do, and start doing it.
How have you been able to hone in on your natural talents and use them in the work force?