FIND YOUR HIDDEN TALENT
And get a new lease on life
Perhaps you have been coasting in the same career for decades and would love a new challenge? Or you’ve reached a crossroads: things like retrenchment, relationship breakdown, or the passing of a loved one could all lead you to take a different path in life – one that draws on your passions and uses your talents. We all have hidden abilities – or ones that we take for granted and underutilise. But often we’re on the treadmill; climbing the career ladder and the property ladder, finding a partner, and setting up a family, and we don’t discover those talents – until we reach a point of exploration and are ready for something new and completely different.
Finding something that draws on your natural talents – whether as a hobby or full- on career – shouldn’t be too hard. Using our talents instead of trying to adapt to whatever is required of us is the difference between getting ‘good’ and ‘great’ results, and between feeling ‘fine’ and feeling ‘fabulous’. Here’s how to do it…
DIS COVERING YOUR TALENT
Ask Other People
Hidden talents are often invisible to us simply because they come so easily. We take them for granted and don’t consider them special – so others see them first. Ask colleagues, friends and family what they see as your strengths, and what talents you have that others may benefit from.
Remember Compl iments Think back and ask yourself what people compliment you on again and again. (‘ Your house is so beautiful, the colours are amazing!’; ‘ You are such a good listener, you’d be a great therapist!’) Dr Bunting says, ‘One of my clients was a stay-at-home mom, who was artistic, creative and passionate about her beautiful home. She enrolled in a part-time interior design course and now runs a successful business helping people move into new homes.’
Determine What’ s Easy for you
Which areas do you sail through while others struggle? What tasks do you do well that others avoid?
‘Ask your colleagues, friends and family what they see as your strengths’
Return to your Happiest moments
We enjoy what we are good at. Think back through your life. Write down points when you were happiest and the moments you were really enjoying yourself. Include your working and personal life, and don’t forget your early years – our childhood joys can be quite revealing.
List your achievements
Write down the times you received great results, were recognised for something, or where you’ve been exceptional – again, think about all of the aspects of your life. When has everything come together? When have you felt proud?
Look At Energy Patterns
We tend to be most energised when drawing on a strength. Write down when you feel most motivated and the tasks that don’t feel like work, where you lose track of time. ( It could be anything from cooking dinner and planning a party, to writing a report or going for a run.)
The Subject that You Always Go Back To
Is there something you love to talk, read or think about? ( Maybe you’ve been known to rant from time to time!) It could be an area that frustrates you because you’re sure you could do a better job. Is it connected to one of your talents?