So you know you have a lot of potential.
You know you have a lot to give to the world.
What you don't know is what that is exactly, or what that looks like.
You look around at other people, and feel like they all have those one or two things that they are super good at, but you, you're just kinda sorta good at a lot of things!!
...Jack of all trades, master of none ring a bell??
Guess what?! Lots of people feel this way. It isn't just you. In fact, there might be other people looking at you and thinking you have this clear gift to give to the world, and they wish they had that.
It's hard to see these things in ourselves. Our natural abilities/talents/gifts come so naturally to us that we often don't even notice them!! We tend to assume that our gifts come just as naturally to everyone else, therefore, they aren't special or unique, nor are they particularly useful to the world.
But that's just plain wrong!! We ALL have multiple unique gifts, and plenty to offer the world; it's just a matter of getting clear on what those things are so that we feel confident in sharing what we have to offer.
So because it isn't blatantly obvious, in order to figure out what you're really good at, it's often necessary to get a little feedback.
Simple as that!
Here are some tips on ways to go about getting that feedback:
Tip #1: Pay attention
It's so obvious, but it works. Commit even just 1 full day to paying attention to what you're good at, and you'll have a much clearer idea of where you truly shine.
Here's what you need to pay attention to:
Tip #2: Ask around
Very simple, and very effective.
All you gotta do is take a handful of people aside, and tell them you're doing a little self-work and would like some feedback.
Ask a variety of people - people that you know well, as well as people that you don't know as well - and pick out the patterns in the feedback you receive. Colleagues, friends, family, and even acquaintances are all good people to ask.
Here are some sample questions for the task:
Tip #3: Take a test!
Assessments have their limitations, but I find the best approach is just to have fun with them, and take from them what you can.
One awesome assessment for discovering your strengths is Strengthsfinder 2.0. You can buy the book, which then gives you an access code to the online assessment. You can find all you need for this here: http://strengths.gallup.com.
Now... go figure out what you're good at!