FIND YOUR HID­DEN TA­LENT

And get a new lease on life

Essentials (South Africa) - - CONTENTS -

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?

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