How to Find Your Talent
“There must be a reason you are still alive” —from Gifts of the Heart
The greatest challenge to living a heartfelt life is awareness. A critical step to finding your talent is to believe you have the talents and skills to serve. In life, you must know or find out what skills and talents you possess. That knowledge comes easy for some, almost like osmosis, but for others more is needed to discover their purpose within. When the word talent is spoken you may think of a singer, a dancer, a musician, a painter, an eloquent public speaker or even a handyman. These are all great, however, they are not the only skills and talents one can posses.
Talent means many things, and the definition that resonates most with me is “the natural endowments of a person”. We are all naturally gifted and endowed in some way or another. Therefore kindness can be a talent. Responsibility, organization, a keen eye for color, a photographic memory, an internal compass, and an appreciation for music are all talents. These natural gifts, if you will, are talents that can be used to help you understand and fulfill your purpose. In life I’ve found that your purpose doesn’t lie very far away from your passion. Broaden your definition of talent and begin to use what comes natural to you in service to others.
Just in case you can’t think of your own natural talent, here are a few steps that should help you:
- Run away from routine: While a daily routine can be beneficial it leaves little room for discovery. Try your best to switch up your daily routine.
- Step out of your comfort zone: Don’t be afraid to try something new, fear paralyzes talent, step out and take a risk. Walk instead of run, swim instead of bike, sing instead of read, paint instead of draw. The sky is the limit!
- Find what gives you joy: Once you’ve discovered what gives you the greatest joy, use it to help someone. If you love to read, read to others and share your favorite books with someone else. You’ll learn something new about yourself, someone else, and about life in general.
You are naturally gifted. You can discover your talent when you broaden your definition and think of others first. When you abandon routine, leave your comfort zone, and find what brings you joy, you will grow and find your talent. When you begin to use what comes natural to you in service to others a whole new world of heartfelt living will open for you.