Like many people, you might feel cheated because you got the short end of the stick as far as talent. But here’s the thing: It doesn’t matter if you were graced with the athletic ability of an Olympian, the creativity of Walt Disney, or the intelligence of the great philosophers. You were given exactly what you were given. What matters is: Are you using it?
Maybe you are the slowest runner ever. So what if you come in last? At least you got up and entered the race. Maybe you are such a poor writer that composing a Tweet brings on an anxiety attack. That’s okay. You don’t have to Tweet. Or run. But what can you do? Can you ride a bike? Can you bake a cake or put together a casserole, listen intently and make another feel heard, can you grasp a concept quickly, are you fun to be with, or kinder than necessary? Whatever talents, gifts or strengths you have might not win you a Pulitzer or a trophy, but they are your gifts and if you use them in the best way you know how the results might surprise you.
You live in one little corner of the world. You have your group of friends, family and acquaintances, which is probably small in comparison to the number of folks on the planet. And yet, according to the six degrees of separation theory each of us is six or fewer steps, by way of introduction, from any other person in the world. This is good news because it means you don’t have to be the best in order to make a difference. You only have to give your best where you are right now. The question is, once again, are you doing that? Are you using what you have?
Now, given that most of you believe you are above average you probably also believe that you are using all of your talents to your fullest ability. Try this… just for a moment, entertain the possibility that you are not [gasp!] using all of your talents to your fullest ability. Sit with that for a minute or two. Give yourself time to accept the possibility that you have more potential than you are currently using.
You see? It’s good news if you are not currently operating at your highest level. Why? Because that means the reason you are not getting your desired results is because you are not using what you have been given. If you are not performing optimally it’s because you are holding back. This means there is room for improvement – you can do better, you can achieve more, and you can get a better result. Not the fastest runner? Can’t land a role in a Hollywood movie? That’s okay. You have other gifts. Use them. The results might surprise you.