God has endowed you with a gift. What do I mean by that? I mean you have a natural inclination towards certain subjects, activities, crafts, etc. Steve Harvey says, “Your gift is the thing you do the absolute best with the least amount of effort.” This is what you need to pay attention to in your life. Because here’s the deal… If you don’t start to honoring your gift, you are cheating yourself in unimaginable ways.
But at this point, you may be wondering…
How You Can Discover Your Gift
“Discover your gift; develop your gift, and then give it away every day.”
~ Don Meyer
As a kid, I had an affinity for words. I loved the process of churning out stories, creating unique narratives, and expressing myself through writing. It was easy for me and I was naturally talented at it (remember the Steve Harvey quote above?). This inclination then began to expand as I grew older.
I developed an interest in rap music, and started freestyle rapping throughout my city. And after pursuing that, I started taking stages in the form of a public speaker. As a result, I began my first self-improvement blog to bolster my speaking career.
And that first blog was the catalyst that returned me to my love of written word and helped launch my writing career that I now enjoy today.
Do you see a pattern here?
Follow “The Thread”
I followed that initial inclination of my curiosity of words.
That then led me down a winding rabbit hole that gave me skills, experiences, and insights I never would have gained had I not followed that “thread.” What’s your thread? I guarantee there’s something in your life that you’re interested in or curious about.
What is it?
This is the starting of you honoring your gift. Each dream I pursued all had the connecting thread of the love of words. God gave me the love and passion for the power of the written and spoken word. And all my life—even though I didn’t realize it—I was honoring my gift.
Similarly, you need to start honoring your gift.
And that process begins when you go back and rediscover the things that captured your attention as a youth. Everybody has something. God did not make a single soul that He didn’t endow with a gift. What’s yours?
Here are a few suggestions to help you figure that out:
- Make a list of your passions and interests
- Review them thoroughly and see which ones spark your curiosity most
- Ask yourself what you’re most interested in at the moment
- Start exploring it following every day by following that “thread”
Make Time For Your Craft
“The will to win is important, but the will to prepare is vital.”
~ Joe Paterno
I often ask people what their biggest dreams and ambitions are.
And because I’m genuinely curious about the answer, they always open up and share the things that are on their hearts and minds. I then proceed to ask them why they aren’t doing that. They typically answer with something along the lines of “I don’t have time to do XYZ.”
My response is always the same: “You don’t find the time; you make the time”
Intentionality is critical. You have to deliberately carve time out in your schedule to explore your passions and interests. And don’t try to tell me that this is “impractical” because you have kids, a job, a spouse, a mortgage, etc. These things have never stopped someone from doing what they truly wanted to do.
However, they are the perfect excuse for people who doesn’t have the guts or courage to chase their goals and dreams.
3 Reasons You Need To Start Honoring Your Gift
“Your gifts will make room for you. Your gifts are given to you from God, and He will use your gifts to bring opportunity and favor.”– Proverbs 18:16
If you’re still not convinced on why you should be honoring your gift, maybe you need a little more incentive. Here are 3 simple (but powerful) reasons you should start taking this part of your life more seriously.
The development of your gift will give you true self-confidence.
While it’s not certainly not the only thing that bolsters self-esteem, it stands as a determining factor. Confidence is derived from accomplishing goals, following through on your word, performing difficult tasks, etc. However, developing and honoring your gift stands at the head of the list as one of the main confidence-building activities you can engage in.
Why? Because your gift will give you experiences, connect you with people, and take you places you never would of dreamed of.
Imagine what that would do for your self-esteem. When you become spectacular at what you do, people want you at their events. They ask for your advice and wisdom; they listen and absorb what you say. Few things can be build your confidence more than having that kind of positive influence.
Here’s the deal…
The world will reward you (financially) in direct proportion to the value you add. And the value you bring will always be in proportion to your skill development. And you’re skill development will always be connected to the level of work you’ve put in to it.
And you can only become truly excellent at something when you truly love what you do.
Because when you love it, you’ll go the extra the mile; you’ll put in the time. As a result, you’ll become exceptional at your craft, which will then translate to your financial compensation. So by honoring your gift, you are also positioning yourself to for financial success!
There’s an epidemic in our world today…
People are unhappy working in jobs they hate, living lives that are slowly killing their souls. It’s a tragedy. But the good news is it doesn’t have to be this way. You can enjoy fulfillment and contentedness by simply following and honoring your gift. It’s been proven that people who do what they love for a living are happier and more content with their lives.
Moreover, these people are also more successful and at ease.
This is no surprise. For these reasons—in addition to many others—honoring your gift is important for living a better, higher quality of life.
Start Honoring Your Gift Today
You have a gift, a natural talent within you that has to be expressed. When you can start living within your gift, your world will begin shifting and improving. But it takes effort on your part; you must participate in your own rescue. And if you’re willing to do the work, the I’d like to help. Sign up for The Motivated And Disciplined Newsletter below for weekly self-improvement tips delivered directly to your inbox.