Develop Your Gift!

“Every artist was first an amateur.”–Ralph Waldo Emerson

By now, hopefully you’ve recognized that you have a gift and you’re taking steps to discovering your gifts. Today I want to talk to you about developing your gift. No matter how much natural talent you have or how gifted you are, it won’t get you anywhere if you don’t grow and develop. Talent alone, is never enough.

John Maxwell said, “If you’re gifted at something, you’ll automatically be in the top 50% of people in the area of your giftedness. If you do anything intentionally to develop your gift, you’ll land in the top 10%. If you’ll determine to always grow and develop your gift, you’ll end up in the top 1%.” I believe that. Here are some things you can do intentionally to develop your gift:

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Start Where You Are – If you’re naturally good at something, you’re not just going to start using your gift and end up in the big leagues. You need to start where you are.

Find Opportunities to Use and Develop Your Gift – Join local clubs or organizations. Network with people in the area of your giftedness. Find somewhere to volunteer and serve that will allow you to use your natural gifting.

Get Coached – Find people who are successful at what you are gifted to do. Get around those people! Ask them to mentor you! Ask them questions! The more people you can surround yourself with to coach you, the better! Have them critique your performance.

Get Mentored – While someone may not be able to mentor you one on one, buy their books or read their blogs! You should be constantly reading, listening, and watching to the pros in your area.

Practice, Practice, Practice – Practice doesn’t make perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect. That’s why it’s important to have a good coach, they’ll be able to show you how to practice right.

Put in 10,000 Hours – In Malcom Gladwell’s book, “Outliers” he says it takes a minimum of 10,000 hours practice to master a skill. I believe it!

Do Something Everyday to Improve – Everyday, determine 1-3 things you can do to develop and grow in the area of your giftedness.

Network, Network, Network – How do you meet coaches, mentors, and other people in your area of giftedness? Get out there and meet them! E-mail them! Call them! Tweet them! Most people are more than willing to help you if you’ll just ask!

Get out of Your Comfort Zone – Go for an opportunity that scares you. Share the stage with someone better than you!

John Maxwell says, “In the beginning, you’re not as bad as people think you are, but if you do things right in life, in the end, you’re not as good as everyone thinks.” I believe that about your gifting!

What are some things you do to intentionally grow and develop your gifting?

Which of these steps can you start taking today to grow and develop?

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