You always want to be the best and the greatest. Everybody wants to. The secret to becoming the best or the greatest is in discovering your talents and utilizing them to the fullest.
Talent is an ability that someone has to do something very well that people normally find arduous. Talent is what you have been born with. Even though having a talent does not mean you won’t still have to work hard to be able to perform your talents effectively, true talents must have the effect of entertaining people or impressing people. They must have an emotional impact on people, because your talents are from your “heart,” and a part of your soul. They are distinct, even though general education can help you master them. Your talents must stimulate a sense, form, or dimension of beauty before they can be successfully called talents. Discovering your invisible talents can be unbelievably challenging to do. You must not disregard those great capabilities you have just because you want to pay your bills.
Here are some eight steps to guide you if you wish to realize that undiscovered talent in you, and get a lead on it:
1. Reflect and look within
At times, you need to calm down and disconnect yourself from all of the distractions of technology and communication in this connected global village, so that you can look within yourself. You might have to drop your phone and turn off the TV to meditate. Take a walk through the streets of your mind with questions and memories to discover what your favorite events and hobbies were. This will require you to drop your obsessions on things that lessen this skill for you to be able to examine yourself. This will afford you the ability to see rare powers that you have not even noticed in yourself. Try to recall all the beautiful dreams you have had in the past throughout your life. While doing this you must not let your dreams of what you want to have overshadow the dreams of what you want to be. Prioritize the drams about what you want to be.
2. Be open and ready to change
You must be primed to step outside your comfort zone. You will make new findings, and you must not be indifferent about those findings that you make. You must be ready to give significance to those findings by experimenting with those abilities and trying to better them. You must rally up some drive and fight the fearfulness not to take risks. At times this process might involve just creating time to nurture an ability or it might mean a changeover to another career. Make time for whatever you discovered during your reflection, spend your free time on it, engage yourself in activities around that thing, register in a class about that subject, volunteer in a social program that involves the use of that talent. These are the best ways to have a safe passage to that which you love to do, from that which pays the bills. Have it at the back of your mind that you are looking for an outlet for all of your talents. You must seek out all of the possibilities of realizing your dreams in real life. You must find that area of your profession where that talent is applicable and where you have ideas that can be explored to make your gifts useful.
3. Try to enjoy life and adventures
Don’t let money, your busy schedule, or your workload at work stop you from traveling the world, seeing unusual sights, and learning fresh cultures. This presents you with a wide option of challenges, excitements, and endeavors. Traveling alone leaves an indelible mark on you. This will test your strengths and your weaknesses. Use this opportunity to note the things that provoked a reaction in you during your adventure, and also note those things you enjoyed doing while you were enjoying yourself. Try to listen to the new people you meet and note the things they say about you, and also listen for clues in the comments of your friends, especially the ones that have known you for a long time. Ask your family the things you loved doing most as a child or as a young person. Analyze those topics you couldn’t stop talking about to your friends and strangers alike. Follow the money. Find out the things you spend most of your money on in your adventures and even in your daily life. The biggest spending is most likely connected to the things you value most. Note the talents you easily see most in other people. All of these things will be connected to that special talent of yours that you should be exploring.
4. Enumerate your capabilities and imperfections
Write down the things you think you are good at and the ones you think you are bad at. Make this the last thing you do before you sleep at night. Use a pen and a paper rather than a phone notebook, or else you will get distracted by social media. Make sure you note all the little things. Do it with patience, thought, and concentration so that you can easily identify your gifts. Find out the things that make you feel strong and make you feel like you have an advantage over every other person—that thing that you always find so easy today. Get rid of things that used to excite you but that no longer excite you now. Strike them out since they are no longer important to you. Group any of these things that are interconnected and those that seem similar and find a pattern that connects them all. This will be key in deciding how to proceed. Knowing your strengths and weaknesses puts you in a position of advantage in your daily life and when walking into new situations and new scenarios. Create more opportunities for yourself to express these strengths and enjoy the glory.
5. Try out online personality test
If you ever find yourself too hard to understand, go online and take an online personality test. It can be a great help when it comes to self-discovery. Lots of free and surgically accurate personality tests are just a click away on Google. Knowing your personality type and taking a character quiz can help you evaluate your strengths and to find your obscure talents towards improving yourself. Online personality tests have the advantage of giving you the edge of objectivity towards understanding what makes you tick and helps identify the patterns in the complexity of your personality. If you don’t trust online platforms, ask your friends to analyze your personality.
6. Get yourself a diary
It could be a diary or a daily journal, but you need to start writing the story of your life as early as possible. It serves the purpose of giving you insight into your mind and something with which you can check up on your past. This does not only help you to know what your gifts are, it helps you to know who you are. You can write about your material engagements daily, and link then to the abstracts of what makes your day worthwhile and consequently what makes your life worthwhile. Let the writing flow with your stream of consciousness. In this exercise, you must stay true to yourself. Write with reckless abandon without worrying about your orthography, linguistics, or manner. Note the magazine topics that you were devouring throughout the day, and can’t wait to get back to. Note the shows that you can’t wait for the next episode of. Note the new music or the new movies you added to your collection. Note the things that people thanked you for during the day. Come back to re-read your journals.
7. Analyze your results during school years
Look for the results you had when you were in school and try to analyze them. Those days are the most important days of your life. Find out those courses and subjects where you do very well, and they can be very key to discovering yourself. This stage represents the stage where you are finding your path in life, defining your personality, and preparing for your future. These are artifacts and historical chronicles of what you were most interested in during your formative years. Go through your book collections and find clues from there.
8. Define the purpose of your life
Get philosophical and work out what you think the purpose of life should be. Engage yourself only in things where you will feel like you have achieved something by the end of your life. Engage yourself actively in things where you will feel like your life has a meaning.
Knowing your talents helps you to feel more in tune with your life and can sometimes guarantee longevity. The reward of taking the journey of self-discovery is purpose, happiness, and excitement.