Are You Talented?
A client came to me saying she thought she had no creative talent. That in fact, she had no talent at all.
I asked her how she knew she had no talent and to define it for me. She said that it was an ability to express oneself through music, art or writing and that she had no talent for any of those things.
How is it possible for someone to feel so bereft of ‘talent’? The answer is that our society has a set of rules that define talent. We are wrong.
I asked her about the people around her. Did they have talent in those areas? Yes, she replied.
I said ‘how do you know’ ? If you think you have no talent, what criteria can you use to judge their talent?
She smiled (for the first time during the session) and said, you’re right, but I know I can’t do what they do.
We are all better off freeing-up our definition of talent. There isn’t a soul alive who doesn’t have a demonstrable talent for something. Judging and then using narrow rules is a tragic problem.
- Breathe in to the count of 8, hold for 8 and exhale to 16.
- Repeat 3 times.
- Lift your eyes to the ceiling at the corner where the walls,meet it and focus there for a few moments.
- As you focus, consider what small steps you can take toward learning something in the area you think defines talent.
- Just a small step. Much of ‘talent’ can be learned.
- See yourself taking the small step.
- Let your eyes relax and once you’ve formed your thought just let it go.
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