Have you ever noticed what you are naturally good at?
We generally take note of what is tiring and annoying us, what we don’t like doing and what we are not doing well (our inner critic!). And not of the contrary, what we love. But it is exactly these talents and areas that distinguish us from others, that we enjoy most, and that we are probably really good at.
These natural abilities often stay unnoticed, or we simply take them for granted.
I remember that a couple of years ago, I was busy in the kitchen preparing food for my birthday party whilst my boyfriend was sitting on the sofa. I got upset about him not even asking whether he could help. When I told him he just said: “But it comes so naturally to you”.
I was perplexed. I had planned to become angry but I couldn’t – as he was right. It was natural for me; it didn’t feel like work. I love preparing multiple dishes at the same time (and if I am completely honest I did not even want him to fiddle in my lovely kitchen mess).
I never considered myself to be a particularly good cook. I hate cook books and generally cook on the spot with whatever is there and whatever I feel like making out of it. But that’s exactly it. I don’t even have to think about it, plan it or rely on recipes. It just happens to come naturally to me. It’s effortless. And it’s fun.
What comes naturally to you? What is it that you are great at and that you have never given yourself credit for?
“Believe in yourself. You are braver than you think, more talented than you know, and capable of more than you imagine.” – Roy T. Bennett