Use Your Natural Talents

March 28th, 2008 by Steve

I have yet to meet the person who does not have a naturally given talent or talents. Often we don’t realize what these talents are because we are looking for some extraordinary skill that we are born with. Am I a great artist or a gifted athlete or a natural leader? No? Then I guess I don’t have any natural talents. Not so fast, we all have them and just need to appreciate them.There are hidden talents we all use that we don’t consider special, because they are so natural to us.

We are always more anxious to be distinguished for a talent which we do not possess, than to be praised for the fifteen which we do possess.
Mark Twain

What does a natural talent mean? To me it means that which you do without thought or effort because it is natural. Walking is natural, breathing is natural and your natural talent comes to you just as effortlessly. This does not mean that you do not practice and use your gift, it just means that often times you’re doing it without thinking about it. When you say to yourself I want to get a glass of water you don’t think I have to get up walk to the faucet and get the water. The walking is natural, you don’t even consider it consciously in your thought process, but your subconscious mind does.

Looking at your day to day life consider what you do throughout the day. What do you do like walking or breathing? What do your friends and family always praise you about? We hear these little clues all the time: You’re such a great listener; I wish I was as good with my children as you are; How did you put that together so quickly; etc. Are you the friend everyone calls to talk to so they feel better? Are you the person who is always asked to help put things together? Are you the one always asked to organize events or throw parties?

Find that talent and understand what it truly means to your life. If you’re the great listener then it means your patient, compassionate and you probably give great advice. These talents are all suited to accomplish even greater things in life.

Knowing your talent will awaken dormant opportunities that have always been there. More importantly once you understand what your natural talent is you’ll realized how easily you were doing something others struggle with.

Why is this talent so easy for you but difficult for others? It is because you and your subconscious mind do not have any ‘thought’ of failure. When you know you are naturally great at something, it never occurs to you that you may fail and consequently you are great at it. In other words, your subconscious mind knows ‘you got it’ so it is easy. Yet to others it is difficult because they don’t have the same belief or faith that you take for granted.

Let us move our focus over to our goals, affirmations and life’s purpose. If you are trying to manifest becoming a successful author, do you feel as natural about that goal as you do about your natural talent? Do you feel the same ‘I got this’ that you do with the talents you take for granted? If you did, you would already be that successful writer.

Take some time and think about how you feel when you do the things that come naturally. Do you notice how it never occurs to you that you might fail? Do you see how easy it feels? What emotions are behind that natural talent? Now take that feeling and start applying it to the goal you are trying to manifest. Work on it daily until you feel and know that your goal is as easy to you as your natural talent.

Talent for talent’s sake is a bauble and a show. Talent working with joy in the cause of universal truth lifts the possessor to new power as a benefactor.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Practical Tools:

  1. Keep a journal of your daily activities and take particular notice for ‘clues’ as to where your talents lie. After a few days you’ll notice several things you’re doing all the time naturally and easily. Once you’ve recognized your talents, write them down
  2. For example, you notice that several friends have called you for advice on relationships. This means you’re a great listener and give great advice and enjoy helping people. Another example is you’ve gotten a few calls to help people with technical issues (computer, DVD player, etc.). This can mean you are a great problem solver, have a great memory, you’re good with technical issues and enjoy problem solving.

  3. Next to each of your talents write down how easy you think those skills and talents are. Next, consider what does it actually take to do each of them? Write down your thought process as you use these talents. You’ll notice it takes effort when you actually put it on paper, but in your day-to-day life you don’t think any of it.

    From the above example, in order to give good advice to your friends, you assess how they’re feeling and pull from examples in your life or things you’ve read to determine the best options for them. You can instantly feel their moods and get them in the right state of mind and they leave you feeling better.

    Your skills are: Assessing people, soothing speech, making people feel good (great sales skills). You can pull from experience and relay that info to friends to have them feel better (great for a writer). You get the point.

  4. Now write down what feelings go through your head as you use these talents. Do you ever think to yourself this is hard, or I’ll never make it through? I didn’t think so. More than likely you just do them without any thought, which is why they’re so easy.

    Staying with the same example, as you were giving the advice to your friends, did you consciously go through that process you wrote in step 2? No you didn’t, it was subconscious, thats how easy it is.

  5. At this point you should have an understanding of what your natural talents are, how easy they come to you and what you feel as you use them. Its time to realize how powerful they are. Look around your reality for people who struggle with what you do easily. We all have friends that struggle with what we do easily, and we have friends that seem to easily do what we struggle with.

    Following the same example, how come your friends all call you for advice rather than know this themselves. They don’t have the same talent you do, so appreciate it and be thankful for it.

  6. Finally, its time to take your affirmations and goals and make them as easy as your natural talent. As you write down your affirmations, goals and life’s purpose daily try using the same emotions you use for your natural talents to your goals. Imagine doing your dream as easily as you do your natural talent. Soon enough you’ll feel the same ‘I got it’ with your life’s goals as you do with your natural talents, because they will be one and the same.

P.S. As a post script to this article, I’m adding a practical example of this exercise from my personal life. Many times if we take something we see as a ‘struggle’ and apply the same positive emotions from our talents, it becomes natural. If you have read my ‘About’ page, you know I got introduced to the Law of Attraction and Intention as I started my journey to become healthy and lose weight. A year and a half later it is part of my life, so much so, that I don’t think about working out or eating right. It is now just what I do and live everyday. It has become a natural talent. To that end, I was at the gym the other day and met someone who was starting their journey toward better health and they said to me “I wish I was as naturally skinny as you.” I almost laughed, me naturally skinny? It had not occurred to me until that moment, how quickly our goals can become our natural talents. Two years ago, I was the man talking to the ‘naturally skinny’ people wishing I had that ability. It wasn’t natural to me then, but today in this reality it is. It always amazes me how the LOA and Intention work.

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