Today I want to write about something that is near and dear to my heart. Namely, your gift. This is not a gift wrapped in pretty paper with ribbons and bows, it’s a gift that you carry around inside of you. You have had it your entire life. I am talking about the gift that has been placed in you, by God, before you are born. Everyone is born with their gift and I hope that these inspirational quotes will help you to discover your gifts.
“Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.”
~ Leo Buscaglia
“Don’t let your talent go to waste.”
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Where Can You Find Your Gifts?
These gifts that we are born with can be the same or different than other people’s gifts. You can choose to utilize them or not; They are specifically tailored to you. Many people don’t even realize the gift that’s inside of them. They can search their whole lives trying to find out what they should do or become. While they are on their quest to find out who they are, they search everywhere but never look inside themselves. Their gift was there all along.
“Talent is a gift, but character is a choice.”
~ John C. Maxwell
. “Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful.”
~ John Wooden
“Why hide your talent in the closet of complacency when you have greatness within you?”
~ Robin Sharma
“If you have talent, use it in every which way possible. Don’t hoard it. Don’t dole it out like a miser. Spend it lavishly, like a millionaire intent on going broke.”
~ Brenda Francis
Questions People Ask Me About Our Gifts
Frequently, I have people talk to me about not having a direction in their life. They don’t know what their gift is and seem lost. Their lives have become stuck in a rut and they’ve ceased to move forward. Next, they will ask me, what my gift is? My response is, my gift is giving. Being able to help as many people as I can by giving them inspiration. I have always enjoyed giving more than receiving, even at Christmas. The most joy I received was by watching others open gifts that I had given them than I did opening my gifts. Don’t get me wrong, I was extremely happy and thankful for the gifts I got, but happier watching others. Below is a good inspirational quote.
“All of us are talented in our unique way. We just need to recognize our capacity and develop our talents to their full potential.”
After explaining what my gift is, the next question that I get is, how did I find out what my gift is? The answer to that question is simple, I asked. After I asked God what my gift was, I began to realize how happy it made me to give. I realized my whole life that I had been serving others, giving my time and talents to keep others safe. Also, more and more people began telling me that my words helped and inspired them. I remembered the inspirational words of my mother, who gave me one of my greatest gifts when she said, “you can become anything you want as long as you put your mind to it.” I became someone that found joy in helping others.
This inspirational quote shows that your gift doesn’t have to be extraordinary.
“With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable.”
~ Thomas Foxwell Burton
Questions To Ask Yourself
If you’re searching for your gift, ask yourself this question. What am I good at? Take an inventory of your life, search deep, and see what you come up with. Think about what other people have told you that you are good at. Secondly, if nobody has ever told you that you are good at something, then start asking questions of your friends and family members. Finally, ask yourself, what makes me happy? Hopefully, this will lead you to discover what your gift is. Please remember, your first step in finding your gift is to simply ask. It will be revealed to you if you ask the universe.
Your gift is simply that, your gift. It is uniquely yours and nobody else’s. It could be that you’re a good cook or can bake well, you make tasty dishes that others enjoy. Possibly, you have the gift of leadership inside you. You instill the belief into men and women that they can be better than they currently are. Do you like to tell a joke? The gift of laughter is a great one because laughter is the best medicine. We all need to laugh at least once a day.
“True happiness involves the full use of one’s power and talents.”
~ John W. Gardner
“Talent is like electricity. We don’t understand electricity. We use it.”
~ Maya Angelou
Your gift can be something that you’re doing every day and don’t even realize it. You can improve the lives of people around you and not even know that you’re doing it. By utilizing your gift you are fulfilling God’s purpose for you. Once you realize what is inside of you, then you need to share it with as many people as you possibly can.
Take advantage of the opportunities that are being presented to you every day and share your gift. Today, with the Internet, you have the opportunity to share your gift with billions of people. There are numerous different vehicles on the Internet in which you can share your gift all over the world. You can write, make videos, host a podcast, share photos, etc. Find the one that’s right for you and share your gift. Don’t let the present or the past set your future. If you don’t utilize your gift, then you wasted it. Whenever your time comes to leave this planet make sure you go out with no regrets.
“The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it.”
~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
“I believe that every person is born with talent.”
~ Maya Angelou
Do You Have The Tools?
You might not think that you have the tools or the talents to share your gift but you are wrong. I, for example, have always been an introverted person. Nobody would have ever thought I would be a great speaker. Public speaking was not my forte, I even got a “C” in my public speaking class in college. I was never comfortable in front of an audience. That didn’t stop me because I practiced until I was good at it. Now it is quite easy for me to speak in front of large audiences. Don’t let anything stop you from sharing your gift. Henry Van Dyke said it best in this inspirational quote:
“Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.”
~ Henry Van Dyke
“Talent is a universal gift, but it takes a lot of courage to use it. Don’t be afraid to be the best.”
~ Paulo Coelho
Success: A Definition
In previous posts, I have written about the definition of success. Different people define success in different ways. One of the best definitions of success encompasses all people in all different walks of life. Success is the completion and the fulfillment of the original intent or purpose for your existence. Simply put, you will be successful if you discover your purpose and complete it before you die. Anything less would be failure.
“Success is measured by why you were created. Success is purpose fulfilled.”
~Dr. Myles Murphy
“Success is not measured by what you have done compared with what other people have done.”
~Dr. Myles Murphy
If you consider yourself successful because of wealth, the position you hold, or the accolades you have earned, and you are ignoring your gift, then you are not truly successful. You are not fulfilling your God-given purpose. Only God can measure success. It is measured by what you have done with your gift compared to what you should and could have done. Even though I have accomplished much in my life, my purpose is to help millions of people. Until that happens I cannot consider my life to be a success.
I would love to hear if you have discovered your gifts and how you are using them. I hope that I have inspired you and you use the inspirational quotes about your gifts to accomplish great things. Leave a reply along with your quotes, advice, tips, or links to helpful groups or sites in the comments section below. If you have any questions or requests for topics I would love to hear them. If you like this post, click on the little star and feel free to share it with others it might help. As always, my posts are based on lessons I’ve learned throughout my life. I don’t claim to be an expert or professional therapist, I just play one on TV (some of you might get that joke).
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