Wednesday, July 10, 2019

What’s in Your Toolbox? by Jena L. Bell

“When you realize that you truly “got this,” you can step out and move forward in ways you never dreamed possible.’ - Dr. Jena L. Bell

I love this quote because it became a powerful realization of mine during every period of elevation during my professional and entrepreneurial journey. At times I would find myself struggling, feeling uncertain about my abilities to excel at the new level. Maybe you too have experienced uncertainty at times. You get that new promotion or a new opportunity that you’ve been working for, sacrificing and putting in the effort to achieve. Then, when it happens, you are suddenly faced with self-doubt. Over time, you settle in and things start to fall into place but other times, self-doubt causes you to become stagnant and less motivated.

What I have found to be true over the years is that when this happens and it lingers for an unhealthy period of time, it’s because you have become disconnected from your true self. Frustrations and unhealthy negative thoughts have penetrated deep in the psychic and block your vision. When this happens, it’s time to pull out your toolbox. We all have one, we just need to be reminded to activate the most critical tool we have - sensory perceptions of who we are, who we have been designed to be, to whom we belong and what we inherently possess - our inherited gifts, talents, and unique skill set. These gifts and talents are not just things you do, they are your special tools, the essence of your treasure chest, bestowed on you to accomplish your purpose and impact the world as only you can.

What’s in Your Toolbox?

While there are many definitions and long thesis explaining the difference between gifts and talents, for our purposes, we will keep the definitions very simple. Let’s look at a gift as a special ability to do something while talents are inherited or learned abilities. We have both. You may have the ability to do certain things naturally, without much teaching or training. You may be a gifted leader. There are things that you do well because you were trained to do them. You may be a talented artist or engineer. Whatever unique gifts you hold, you can use them to create your path of abundance.

We often try to hide our gifts and talents because of what we believe others will think. If you had a special gift as a child but was teased about it, chances are you may have buried that gift. When those moments of uncertainty arise and self-doubt holds you, hostage, it’s time to unearth the toolbox and do an inventory of the toolset. Success leaves many clues around you. Look and observe past performances, look for even the smallest of wins. Behind every win is a success clue to your greatness. As you assess your past wins, you will be reminded of those times you overcame the biggest challenges or the obstacles that once seemed impossible. You will discover, “You Got This!”

If you struggle identifying your gifts or purpose or would like help deploying for greater business results, let’s Connect for a discovery call to see how I can best help.

Jena L Bell, Author, Mirror Affirmations, International Speaker and Founder, or Connect with Jena, Instagram, Linked-In, Facebook.

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