Last weekend, Chloe finally had the chance to take her parents to their favorite dinner spot in Seattle. The kind of place where you can get real homemade apple pie and chocolate ice cream. You’ll swear you’ll never taste someone else’s.
Her Dad said to her, “Remember this time last year when you called us around 3am crying because you wanted to quit your job? You did not know what you were doing in life? Or if you were meant to do anything at all? And remember what I told you? Doesn’t matter how long it takes, you were born with a unique gift. You just have to find it and do what you love… Look at you know…”
Yeah I know what you’re thinking, ‘finding your unique gift’ may sound a little cliché, Chloe thought that too.
But she knew in her heart that his words were through. No matter what she ends up doing, she knows that she’ll work extra hard to become the best at it.
And it only makes sense for her to find something that aligns with her life’s purpose. She was able to find what made her unique, and today, she is doing the work she loves.
That doesn’t mean she won’t face tough or challenging times, but it means that she is continually building her life, sharing what she was called to do with those around her.
If you’re struggling with discovering your unique gift and a way to share them with the world, read on.
Were We Born with a Unique Gift?
The short answer is yes.
Every one of us comes into this life with a set of unique gifts and special talents. Your whole life will have a new meaning and clearer direction when you find that gift and use it in a valuable way.
You often ask yourself questions like: why are we here? What is my purpose? What makes me unique? Does any of this even matter?
The truth is you have a specific purpose for coming into this world. You matter. Your life matters. And as you journey your way through self-discovery, you’ll find certain things that you love doing. You begin to align with your calling.
Through a lot of practice, self-doubt, and filing forward, I discovered my calling to help people become a better version of themselves. In the course of my discovery, I realized that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all to finding your unique gift.
How Do We Know What Our Gifts Are?
Your gift gradually unfolds to you. Here are some of the qualities to look out for to help you determine if you have found your gift… or not:
You know something is your gift when you feel thankful for the opportunity to share it with the world. I feel grateful for the opportunity to share this article with my readers. I’m always happy when I hear people healing from pain, finding their life’s purpose, and aligning with the universe.
Our gifts inspire us to wake up each day and get going. Whenever we get the chance to showcase our gifts we often feel inspired and happy. When you feel tired or unmotivated, the smallest chance can help you dust yourself off, pick yourself up, and get a fresh start to a new day.
Our gift offers freedom of expression and living. When something is your true calling, the universe supports it. So, we often feel free from limitations. This also means something you’ll happily give away for the joy that it brings you.
Our gifts transform us because we grow in our self-belief. We become someone who and we are capable of doing the things we never thought we could. You’ll start to feel better, more confident, spiritually connected with the universe. Through this transformation, we can change the world.
If you’re not sure what your gift is, try asking yourself these questions:
How did you love to spend your childhood?
What did you enjoy doing as a child? How would you pass the days and what kind of activities did you enjoy doing? What experiences created the best memories?
Think back to the time when your heart was young and you weren’t influenced by society. Were your parent’s expectations of you didn’t go beyond playing around in a safe environment. Think back as far as the pre-school days if possible.
The common theme in there will lead you down the path of discovering your unique gift.
What are you passionate about as an adult?
What makes you get up from bed even when you are tired? What lights you up? What kind of things do you enjoy doing so much that you lose track of time?
Do you have these experiences at work? Does your leisure or hobby fall into this category? Moments where time stops point towards areas of deep interest and passion. This is another key in discovering your calling.
What’s important to you about life?
When you think about areas of your life – career, religion, relationship, family, leisure activities – make a list of what’s important to you.
This list contains your values and what you stand for. When you combine your values in every aspect of your life, it can direct you towards unfolding your gift.
What’s the one thing others associate with me?
Families, friends, associates, coworkers can observe you in a way you can’t observe yourself. Many times, their observations are far greater than self-analysis.
Ask them questions like, “What makes me unique? What is my strongest personality trait? What areas do I excel in?” They may not be able to pinpoint your unique gift, but their answers can be light on your path.
To live a fulfilling life, one must discover their unique gift and use it in a valuable way to help other people. You have something unique to offer. Give yourself room to find it.
When you identify it, you will have the opportunity to live a successful and fulfilled life. At the end of the day, who you are, what you are meant to do will show up.
And remember, you matter in more ways and on more days than you can think of.