I wish I had a talent,
Such as a great singer, painter, surgeon, architect, dancer, athlete, entrepreneur, writer, etc. These are obvious talents that only skim the surface. But talents are limitless; open your definition to talent.
Your talent is your unique ability for a particular kind of action;
But let’s add this:
1) for the good of the whole. (which you might not see
but intuitively know)
2) that can be done anywhere, anytime. (not dependent on your job)
Once you are aware of your talent, you can work your purpose.
Perhaps your talent does not fall in the obvious category that is awed by the public, so you downplay it.
Is your talent hiding from you? Do you compare and critique other’s talents? Such as that singer has a small range; that dancer isn’t as good as; who would ever buy that painting. Do you look at talent as better than or less than? If you are doing that to others, can you imagine how hard you are on your talent? If you think you have no talent, can you blame it for staying hidden and not coming forth?
There is no better-than or less-than in your heart-based talent.
Let’s look at the ‘not so obvious’ talents. A great way to dig them up is to go back to daydreaming of what you loved to do or be when young…the time before you learned you were not talented or started comparing. Some of the talents in my childhood groups were:
The bossy girl who made sure our home-made basement plays got direction plus an audience. The tough kid who made sure all got included in the games played. The kid who loved to come up with new ways to blow things up, the girl who loved to count and organize, the costume maker, the socialite, the reader loaning her favorite book after she told you all about it.
They could not, ‘not’ be who they were, and every one of them delivered their talents freely…enriching all, (even the blow-up kid who fascinated us with science and always something new). They all shared who they were, and time flew by.
If you are not sure of your talent
1) Go a whole day without comparing, this will keep you busy for the month and/or forever.
2) Figure out when you feel full of your Self, when there is no sense of time. Bring back your daydreams you had for yourself as a child. Don’t criticize or compare, your critical brain does not get to be involved in this stage. This is time for your daydreaming to take over.
3) What do you see as your special unique skill that makes you feel full and timeless? Describe them and write them down. Don’t worry about how your will work with your talent at this stage. Just think of it daily and keep it in your awareness. Next month “Offering who you are.”