Personal development – what is your special gift?
Personal development – how would you answer the question what is your special gift? What is the first thing that comes into your mind and how do you feel?
You’d be surprised how many people experience a feeling of panic and struggle to give an answer.
For some of us, if course, the answer is simple; “Oh, I’m a painter,” “I’m a writer” or, for example, I’m a musician.”
It seems to be a question that is easier to answer if you belong to the Arts or to one of the long-established professions. For the rest of us, it can be a bit of a challenge.
But, of course, the reality is that there will be something you do better than most of those around you. And it can something very different to what other people expect.
It took me a long time to work what it was I did! I found out eventually though. One day the penny dropped that my success came from solving other people’s problems. I made a reputation at work for being a trouble-shooter. It wasn’t always pleasant but I could do it and, working in a large complex organization, it was a valuable talent to have.
I suppose it was that talent that drew me later to consultancy and then on to coaching. I call on the same gift but now use it to a facilitate others solving their own problems.
So, now what is your gift?
When you think back over your career, what is it that has brought you most success?
Spend some time thinking about that question. I suspect you will find recurring themes. If you do, that is good! You should now be able to answer my first question.
If you don’t find the answer quickly, keep working, your special thing is in there somewhere – you just need to find your own personal treasure.
Wendy Smith is a career consultant, life coach and business coach with depth of experience in management, coaching and personal development. That experience means she is equally at home helping clients find a new career direction, starting-up new businesses or dealing with life’s more challenging personal issues. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy has written a little eBook on how to get on with your boss and a book on job search – you can find her books on Amazon at this link