3 Key Questions That Will Help You Identify Your Gift

“Your whole life will have new meaning and direction when you recognize your gift and decide upon the most valuable way to use it.” Steve Harvey, Act Like a Success, Think Like A Success

A gift is not talent.

Everyone has a gift, but not every person recognizes what his or her gift is. Being able to identify it is the key to fulfilling the unique purpose of your life.

However, don’t confuse a gift with talent. Anyone can learn a talent, but a gift is something you’re born with.

Think of it this way: can any person take singing lessons to improve her voice? Yes, she can develop a singing talent. But can anyone sing like Whitney Houston? No. Whitney’s voice was her gift, and no one else (no matter how many lessons they take and how dedicated they are to furthering their talent) will sing quite like her.

If you’re not sure what your gift is, ask yourself these three questions:

• What can I do that I’m best at, with little effort on my part?

• What is the one thing that other people associate with me?

• I’ve listened to others connect this gift with me, so how have I used it?

Write down your answers and think about what you find. When you identify your gift, you now have the opportunity to live your richest life. The success you experience will be connected to that gift, but you have to figure out the most valuable way to use it.

Find yourself and reflect.

If your gift is writing, how can you use it in the most valuable way? Your way might not be in writing fiction—it could be motivational writing instead. Or, if your gift is listening, think of all the ways you could use it to benefit the most people.

To live your most fulfilling life, identify your gift by asking yourself the questions above.

What did you find?

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  1. Just to say, I love watching the Steve Harvey show although most times its in the early hours of the morning, (I work during the day), I have been a loyal fan from his very first show and I love how he keeps it real. Now here is where I’m keeping it real and what I’m saying about the New Steve show. Well the show is fine, but as black woman who likes a black man to be well dressed as you always are, I must say that I am not liking the full bearded look. I would love to see Steve with a goatee, I’m sure that he would look more handsome. I’m happy that he has embraced the grey, but the full face makes him look older. Also, Steve, I know loves to be fashionable and I’ve purchased items from his clothing range for male friends of mine, but the skinny pants. No Steve, you are a tall guy those pants make your legs look like pencils!!! Not saying he should wear the balloon pants, but grown men past 50 don’t need to follow all the new fashion trends. I like grown men to look handsome in appropriate clothing. Just saying!!! Marjorie is a fine woman and always dresses wonderful and I know she wants her man to be trendy like her but not every fashion is for everyone.

    Not sure if my comment is in the right place, I was looking for somewhere that I could write to Steve or at least those who handle his messages. I would honestly love to hear from Steve, let me know what he thinks.

  2. I think my gift is to listen and motivate others.

    I often want to help others forgetting about myself and the life rules.

    How can I start my own business with this gift?

  3. Can a gift from God be modeling?

  4. I’m still not sure what my gift is and I’m not sure what I am best at doing with least effort but I think it might be to listen to who are felling down and to help them to not only feel better but to also motivate them. If my skill is to listen to and motivate people, how can I turn it into a business?

  5. I am a good listener and motivater which comes natural. A lot of people also say I’m funny and a good rhyme writer. Now I’m trying to figure out how can I put that all together or which one is my gift.

  6. I found your explanation of gift vs. talent spot on.

    My natural ability to easily connect and communicate with others has been evident since childhood. Striking conversations with the mailman as a kid brought smiles and laughter. My gift has open opportunities as a motivator, children ministry pastor & global trainer.

    With 25 years in the Travel Industry now terribly impacted by COVID-19, I find myself in a crossroads. 2020 was a year to better understand gift vs. talent and seek God’s plan for my next steps. All this is occurring, as I welcome a half century in 2 weeks, 30 years marriage with three children (two adults, one teen).

    Thank you for sharing your personal experience and depth of wisdom.

  7. I like to workout and helped people lose weight and helped with healthier eating habits… love , love dancing and helping people in any way I can and have for many years. But I also have had business tand investments that I failed at. But one thing is that I never lose hope.

  8. I believe my gift is writing. No not poems or stories, eventhough I have written a little booklet. But it is actually writing, the actual alphabets letters, I fell in love with writing over twenty years ago, the first person that inspired me was my mom, she would write the (cursive) letters exactly the way they would be on the bulletin boards in school. I discovered calligraphy and the letters are captivating, I’ve practiced down through the years, and profected many of them, the flourished letters. I do believe it is a gift. I only wish I could use it more.

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