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?