Would you like a new job, to set up a business or just get more from life? Tapping into your talents is the first step, says Dr Nicola Bunting. It’s the difference between getting ‘good’ and ‘great’ results. We all have hidden abilities (or ones that we take for granted and underutilise) so finding something that draws on your natural talents – whether as a hobby or full-on career – shouldn’t be too hard. Here’s how to do it in seven easy steps.
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, family and friends what they see as your strengths, and what talents you have that others may benefit from.
Think back and ask yourself what people compliment you on again and again. ‘Your house is so beautiful, you could be a professional decorator!’; You’re such a good listener, you’d be a great therapist.’
Determine what’s simple for you
Which areas do you sail through while others struggle? What tasks do you do well that others avoid?
Come back to your upbeat minutes
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 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 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 about, read or think about? 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?