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VPSA Blog: October 3, 2018

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Using Your Gifts

October 3, 2018


Have you ever been working on a project and you become so enveloped in the process that the content seems to manifest effortlessly from your mind and hands? You might even lose track of time or realize you haven’t eaten in a while. Positive psychologists call this the “flow state.” I call it what happens when you’re in tune with yourself and using your gifts.

You have the authority to create the reality you’ve imagined and dreamed about. You must also have the courage to walk in that authority.

The world needs your gifts and talents. When you don’t use your gifts, you lose something inside yourself. Indeed, the whole world misses out. If you abandon your gifts or tuck them away, you cheat yourself and the world around you out of the great things you have to offer. A quote attributed to Benjamin Franklin says: “Hide not your talents; for use they were made. What good is a sundial in the shade?”

You have the authority to create the reality you’ve imagined and dreamed about. You must also have the courage to walk in that authority.

Making your gifts known and sharing a part of yourself with the world can be scary. What if people don’t respond positively to what you have to offer? What if people don’t find your work to be as good as someone else’s? Those are real possibilities.

But it’s equally possible that you’ll find meaning in your work that brings you more personal fulfillment than any person’s praise or approval could provide. Ultimately, being vulnerable is what allows us to experience our greatest joys.

Here’s what I think is the scariest thought of all: what if you go through life without realizing your full potential? It takes strength and vulnerability to step into the role you were meant to fill.

There’s a saying that goes: “The purpose of life is to discover your gift, and the meaning of life is to give it away.” I believe that. Do you know what your gifts are? What gets you in your “flow state”? And how will you use your great talents to leave a positive impact on the world and people around you?

 


How will you use your gifts and talents to leave a positive impact on the world and people around you? Let us know!




 

 

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