Everyone has some talent or the other within them. This is an established rule and there are no two ways about the rule. Some have already identified their talents while others are still struggling to know their purpose of existence. Those who are struggling still might have come to terms with having no talent at all, but since having a talent is an established rule, this should not be the case.
A lot of people end up doing things which do not require them to use their personal talents and strengths. And often times they succeed at doing those things. But if you do something you are talented at, your entire life will be full of excitement and fulfillment.
Distinguishing yourself from others and finding your personal niche and talents is a lifelong learning process. This is because, throughout your life and through different experiences, you keep finding further things about yourself that you never knew before.
Distinguish Yourself from the Rest
Think about this, do you really want to be a part of the crowd and do everything that they do? Or do you want to do something different and achieve more? Following the crowd hinders your true potential and what you can really be. It disguises your actual value and lets you survive on the bare minimum when you have the ability to do so much more.
The distance that you have covered and the things that you have achieved in life are a result of whatever efforts you have been putting in so far. If you like where you are heading, you may continue down the same road. However, if you want to go somewhere different, or quicken the process, you might have to change your current ways. Thinking differently and being different are two key success factors.
Life Experiences Help Identify Your Hidden Talents
The more things you experience in life and the more angles you use to look at life in different ways, the more you will find out who you truly are. You will not be able to identify your true potential just by sitting at home.
Life experiences give you the opportunity to explore. If you have never tried playing an instrument, you will never know if you were good at it or had the passion to play. We are like earth’s natural resources buried deep inside the surface. If you make an effort to dig these natural resources out, you can certainly utilize them. If not, then you lose out on so much potential.
Ask the Right Questions and Surround Yourself with the Right People
We need to ask the right questions to end up where we truly want to be and figure our true potential out. This also includes being around the right kind of people who might ultimately help you figure out the right questions for you. People close to you make a huge difference in helping you figure out your hidden talents, because they are the ones that see you for who you truly are.
Soul Searching and Self Awareness is Important
Soul searching helps you develop self awareness which is crucial because once you know what you are talented at; you can invest time in developing those talents to make them your strengths. These strengths can then be used to do something fulfilling and meaningful, so that you can live a happier and a much more meaningful life.
Peter Drucker once said, “Most Americans do not know what their strengths are. When you ask them, they look at you with a blank stare, or they respond in terms of subject knowledge, which is the wrong answer.”
Self Awareness though Practical Exercises
Self awareness is increased when you consciously put an effort into it. You need to be able to observe, not just the world around you, but how you behave in different situations as well. You will become more in line with your thoughts and beliefs which will help you avoid making the same mistakes which you have been making for a long time. All you need to do is slow down, and take some time to be fully present in your current environment. Leave your future or past worries for a little while and clear your mind of all the negatives. Here are a few exercises which can help you develop self awareness:
A Few Seconds of Complete Focus and Attention
Become aware, even for a few seconds, of what is happening around you and within you. Notice how you talk and how other people respond to you.
Three Mindful Minutes
Spend three minute intervals focusing on what you are doing and being mindful of your movements. Think of what these movements feel like to you and record these thoughts. Try to not overanalyze these movements.
Using Your Non-Dominant Hand
Using your other hand for simple tasks would require an extra effort for you. But if you were to do these tasks with your non-dominant hand for a continuous 30 to 60 days, you would become more used to it. This difference, however, causes your brain to become more alert and more aware of what you are doing.
Watching and Observing People
When you observe people, you probably start judging their behavior or how they are dressed. Try keeping a clear mind instead and focus on why people do certain things without any judgments or stories. You will learn a lot from this experience.
Meaningful and Deliberate Contact
Meet everyone genuinely with your full attention the entire day and notice what is happening with you and around you. Take care to notice people’s reactions and your movements. Zoom in on this experience.
Listen to whatever is going on in your head. Pay attention and let it play fully like a movie.
Self awareness comes with focusing and noticing things happening within and around us. We are so focused on just blending into our everyday lives that we forget to listen and pay attention. This is the main cause of lack of self awareness and we put in no effort at all to overcome it.
Our personal niche and talents are what distinguishes us. If we don’t put in an effort to identify those, we will be stuck in the same old rut which we constantly try to get out of.