We all have natural gifts and talents, things we are great at without even trying. In fact, our own gifts are so effortless for us that we often take them for granted. When you’re really good at something you have the tendency to minimize it by assuming that everyone can do it. Not true. Not everyone can do a math problem in their head, soothe an anxious dog or tell a funny story.
Recognizing and owning your gifts is not the same as bragging. By acknowledging your gifts you give yourself the opportunity to use them with awareness, joy and gratitude. Your gifts point you toward the unique contribution that only you can make to the others around you. And, the more you can use them, the more fun and meaningful your life will become.
Here’s how to start your own Gifts Inventory
Think about these statements and how you would complete them:
__________________has always been easy and effortless for me
I always known I’m pretty good at_______________
Whenever I ____________, I feel very capable and competent
____________ puts me in the ‘zone’ where I don’t even notice the passage of time
Others always tell me I’m good at _____________________
If there was an ____________channel on TV, I could be the host!
I’m so interested in _______________, I learn about it just for fun
I’m always the one who gets asked to ___________________because I’m best at it
Next, ask a few close friends and family members what they think your top three gifts are. They are on the receiving end of your gifts and may have a perspective you haven’t thought about before.
Make a list of your gifts and keep it somewhere you can see it. Remember, no gift is too small to include. All are worth acknowledging and appreciating. Once you have started becoming more consciously aware of your gifts, think of ways to use them more in your daily life. If you haven’t already, you may even decide to take one of your innate talents to master level through study and practice.
Recognizing and stepping more fully into your unique combination of gifts is a fun and rewarding way to bring more joy into your life.
Deb Purdy, is a transformation coach, speaker, workshop leader and author of
Something Gained: 7 Shifts to Be Stronger, Smarter and Happier After Divorce.
Visit www.DebPurdy.com for more information.
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