How to Develop Your True Talents and Skills
11 Smart Methods to Develop Your Talents
It’s common for people to be unaware of their skills and talents. You’re so used to being able to do particular actions that you think everyone can. For instance, I can come up with ideas easily. I thought everyone could. I’ve discovered I have a special talent as an idea generator. In fact, I’m so good at it others can be distracted by it. They can distract me, also.
I want to give you some easy ways to discover and strengthen your gifts and talents.
Try these activities
Revisit your early years.
What did you enjoy doing the most? Are there activities you do and later put away? What made you good at those activities? These answers could contain the key to unlocking a forgotten or hidden ability.
Engage in day-dream time.
Let your mind roam and imagine what you’d like to do. I’ve wanted to learn to draw for years. I’m finally taking some art classes. I’m not very good, but, hey, I just started. Sometimes it helps to go back to your childhood and look for shapes and animals in the clouds. Research has shown this increases creativity
Take fun personality tests.
Take various personality tests and skill evaluation tests. You can take the tests online and be sure to answer the questions honest so you can get an accurate evaluation. After getting the results, check areas that are common in each of the tests, this will show you your strong points.
Ask for the opinion of others.
Your friends and family members know some of your strengths and skills. Ask them what you do best. Find the commonalities.
Review your past successes.
Write down your past successes and the methods you used to achieve them. Do you see a specific method or skill that is common in all your successes? You can use your achievements to learn a lot about yourself.
How are your different?
Is there anything that singles you out from others? How about a character trait you notice you have that others don’t? Is there an area people ask you to help out in often? Note these.
How do you use your free time?
What activity do you engage in during your free time? Do you work on your car or build a sculpture or create a web page? Perhaps you play video games. These interests of yours will tell you your strengths. What is it that makes you good at them?
What do you talk about the most?
Is there a topic or area that you are interested in? Why are you interested in it? Your desires are holding clues to your gifts and talents.
Where do you immerse yourself?
There could be that one thing you engage in it where time seems to disappear. It could be writing, drawing, painting, puzzles, working in the garden or other activities.
What would you study?
Given the chance to start school again, what would you like to investigate? If your answer is math, then it shows you’re very good at solving problems. Maybe you’d enjoy being a chef or learning how to lead travel tours.
Where do you receive compliments?
When people compliment you that means they admire what you are doing. You may brush off the compliment because what you’re doing comes easy to you. If it’s easy that means you have a gift in that area. Pay attention and develop it.
Knowing your talents and skills enriches your life. That knowledge allows you to investigate different strengths which could have you learning new skills or moving to a different job. It will also improve your self-confidence and self-image. Take time to investigate. This is how you may discover something absolutely amazing that brings you great enjoyment.
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