‘Do I have any talents?’ ‘What if I am not doing what is right for me?’ ‘What if I call in life is completely different?’ Questions of this type cross the minds of thousands of people around the world, regardless of age.
If you are one of those people, it may be time to take a break and find out who you really are. It may seem difficult, and it is, but think about it logically and you will realize that the more you put it off, the longer you will be stuck in the same cycle of doubt and confusion about where you are going in life.
To help you, here is a step-by-step guide to help you discover where your true talents lie.
How To Identify Your Talents
Step 1: Remember All Your Dreams
The first thing you need to do is remember all the real dreams you have had throughout your life: from childhood, school and college, and finally as an adult. Write them down.
Step 2: Separate ‘to Have’ And ‘to Be’
Now that you have written all your dreams, you need to separate them into two categories:
‘To have’ dreams: those which involve you gaining possession of something you don’t have right now.
‘To be’ dreams: those that involve you assuming a new role in life.
Now write the dreams of ‘to be’ separately; we will work only with them.
Step 3: What Provoked A Reaction In You?
Do you remember if you ever felt an emotion of excitement when you saw another person playing a certain role in life? Do you want to be in their place? If so, write.
Step 4: What Did You Enjoy Doing?
Write down any activities or hobbies you have enjoyed doing in the past. What did you like to do as a child or adolescent and as an adult? What do you like to do now?
Step 5: Get Rid Of What You Don’t Need
Review everything you have written so far. Think about each of your dreams of ‘to be’ and see which ones still cause you an emotional reaction, that feeling of excitement that was discussed in step 3.
Now imagine yourself in those roles. What would you be doing right now if you were in that role? How do you feel?
Pay attention to how strong your emotional reaction is when you imagine yourself playing various roles. Rate the strength of your reaction for each on a scale of 1 to 10.
Step 6: Strike Out The Worst
Now cross out all those “to be” dreams that you gave the lowest rating in the previous step.
These are dreams you can give up now; It is clear that they no longer mean to you as they did in the past and you no longer need them.
Step 7: Group Things Together
So now you have a list of your real and innate goals for life. At the moment, they are all mixed together in one list.
Look at the list carefully and ask yourself: which of my dreams can I group? Which are interconnected or in essence very similar?
Step 8: Name Each Group
Take a close look at each group that you formed and name each one. Each name should say something about one of your innate talents which led to a number of interconnected dreams.
Step 9: Look For Connections Between The Groups
We are almost there! Now you just need to figure out what connects the different groups. Write the names of the groups in a list.
Think about how the existence of one group supports the existence of another. This exercise almost always shows that there are connections between groups.
Step 10: Search For An Outlet For Your Talents
Think and write down all the possibilities of realizing your dreams in real life. What area of professional or personal life are we talking about here?
What kinds of activities does it involve? Do your dreams and talents affect more than one area of activity or profession? The more ideas you have here, the better.
Step 11: Define Your Life’s Purpose
So now that you have your list of potential outlets for your dreams and talents, rate each scenario on a scale of 1 to 10, from least attractive idea to most attractive.
It should now be clear what specific direction you need to take to achieve what you really care about.
If you manage to get there, you can be sure that the realization of this dream will bring you true happiness in life.
Naturally, when you know where your true talents lie and have the opportunity to realize them, you will feel more confident and enthusiastic.
Based on materials from ivanpirog.com