Each of us is good at something and has a “knack” for a particular talent or skill. The first step is to identify your special gift and then begin sharing it! If you eventually decide to develop your special talent and turn it into a skill, your gift could take you places that you’ve never dreamed of, all while providing you with enormous joy and fulfilment in the process.
But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. It’s essential to begin this exercise in steps by first thinking about your natural talents and abilities, along with ways that you could use them to fulfil your dreams. For example, some of us have people skills, and that particular talent can be directed in a variety of directions. It could lead us to start our own business, or become a salesperson, personal trainer or even a coach. Someone else might like sharing their field of knowledge with others, which could lead to tutoring, teaching or directing others in that particular field.
Whatever your talents or abilities may be, you also have to nurture them. In that way, they will serve you well and help you to realise your dreams. But more importantly, they will empower you and give you a sense of self-fulfilment that nothing can take away from you. I want to share the example of my friend Kate who loves baking, particularly cheesecakes. As one who has experienced her culinary skills, I can attest firsthand to her talent. Her dream has long been to make a living baking, which is the thing she loves. Last spring, I suggested that she write down her dream on paper and develop a plan for realising it. A couple of months later, I received an excited call from her. “I’m starting to live my dream! I’m making money selling my cheesecakes to a local store and restaurant, and am also getting private orders. I’m not ready to quit my day job yet,” she added, “but am starting to think about my next step!” I was thrilled to hear her news of course!
So, if you would like the thrill of living your own dream, the first thing to do is take stock of your abilities, talents and interests. Make a list of the things you love doing. Next, think about how doing the activities on your list could help you realise your dreams. This exercise will take some thought, but it is well worth the effort. Just remember, that whatever direction you decide to take, you need to enjoy what you are doing! This is certainly an endeavour worth spending time on and I can assure you that you will never feel more empowered or better about yourself!
I hope I have inspired you to give this time to yourself.
“It is better to try big things, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor souls who neither enjoy much nor suffer much.”
Your action for today is to think of something big that you’ve been putting off for fear of failing and take one step toward achieving it.
Have an extraordinary day!