We all have a gift: An acute ability to do something really well. Maybe you’ve been blessed with natural athletic ability, astounding intelligence, or a knack for cheering people up when they need it the most. Talents come in all different variations, but the one thing they have in common, is that they are not meant to be kept to yourself. It’s up to you to recognize your gift and share it with others.

Recognizing Your Gift

For some people, it’s obvious what their gift is. Some people are lucky enough to realize their talent from a young age and have been nurturing it for years. Other people might not recognize their talent without first doing some introspective thinking. If you’re not sure what your gift is, take some time to ask yourself a few questions:

  • What do you enjoy doing?
  • What do people tell you you’re good at?
  • What do people come to you for help with?
  • What do you spend your free time doing?
  • What do you enjoy reading or learning about?

Sharing Your Gift

Once you have discovered your gift, the next step is finding a way to share it with others. Depending on what your talent is, the answer may not be so obvious. Start by thinking about what other people with your gift are doing to share it with others. Is that something you can re-create to some extent or in some variation? Next figure out a way to make it happen. In other words, figure out how you’re going to start living your life in a way that makes use of your unique gifts and talents; whether that means finding volunteer opportunities in the community, helping out friends and family or even making a career change.

Once you start using your gifts in your everyday life, you can really start to feel like you’re living your life to the fullest and that spreads to those around you. When you do what you love, you’re not afraid to jump in with both feet and there’s nothing keeping you from really digging in. Start slowly and gradually find more and more ways to share your gifts and talents with those around you. Remember, you only live one life, so it’s up to you to make it count and live life to the fullest.

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