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Where Does Your Talent Lie?

In Homework on March 4, 2009 at 11:03 pm

I want you to make 2 lists.
On the 1st list I want you to write down all of the things you are able to do, all of the life skills you have learned along the way and also your natural talents – regardless of whether you use them or not.
On the 2nd list I want you to write down all of the things you can’t do, find impossible or really hard. Once you have done this, compare them.
The truth is that your abilities far outweigh your ( perceived ) inadequacies. When you look at your 2nd list, I now want you to cross off the things you could learn how to do. And this is the key to the exercise. Often we focus on what we can’t do before what we can. And in that moment we invoke the idea – and the actions that follow it – that we are not able, incapable of doing whatever that thing is.
How mindful are you of your 1st list? Do you remain aware of your list of life skills, talents and capabilities – especially the capability to learn new things – when you set yourself to task?
The flower of Ability helps you to take stock of your skill base and approach life from a ‘can do’ attitude. It counteracts the thoughts ( and believing you ‘can’t do’ something is a thought or belief ) we have that stop us from acting. For approaching anything from the attitude you can’t do it ( even before you try ) ensures difficulty in the least. And failure in the extreme…

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