Each one of us is equipped with a skill set that makes us unique. Even though you can learn just about anything you choose, there are a handful of things that come naturally to you.
Some are lucky enough to know their talents from a young age.
But if you find yourself wondering: “what am I good at?”, you’re already well on your way along the road of self-discovery.
How Do You Find Out What You Are Good At?
You are what you consistently do. Your habits shape your character.
-Jon Butcher, Author of Mindvalley’s Lifebook Quest
If you’re trying to answer the question: “what do I want to do with my life?”, it’s a good idea to start with what you’re good at.
The fact that you’re asking yourself this question means that you want to create something meaningful in your life. Something that you’ll enjoy and that will benefit those around you.
We often see what others are good at much more clearly than what we excel at ourselves.
Here’s what you can do to bring the focus back to yourself.
Be mindful when doing different things
When something comes naturally to you, you don’t pay much attention to the work you’re doing. Many people have cultivated this kind of automated approach because it makes it easier to get things done. But it may actually be concealing your biggest strengths.
Try paying closer attention to what you do on a daily basis. Is there something you do differently than others? Do some tasks energize you? How much effort do you have to put into them?
These are some of the questions to ask yourself if you want to discover your hidden strengths.
Listen To Those Around You
Outside observers sometimes notice our strengths before we do. Identify those whose opinion matters most to you and listen to what they have to say.
If you’re doing something right, it won’t go unnoticed.
But keep in mind that this is different from seeking other people’s approval. External validation is good, but don’t let it determine your self-worth.
Instead of identifying with what others see in you, take their feedback and use it to determine your hidden talents and skills.
Be patient and persistent
You do have hidden strengths – if you haven’t found them yet, it just means you haven’t looked hard enough.
You’re likely stuck in your comfort zone and scared of experimenting with new things. But don’t worry – this is entirely normal. All it takes is a little push to begin exploring new territory.
Along the way, you’ll likely run into a few things you’re not good at. But this is just part of the experience. Don’t let it discourage you and keep forging ahead!
What’s your superpower?
If you take the above advice, it’s only a matter of time before you discover what it is that sets you apart from the crowd.
It doesn’t have to be something big or flashy. Even the smallest strengths can be turned into a great success.
So, what are the things that you excel at? Share a few of your strengths and talents in the comments below.