Unleash Your Hidden Talent By Remaining Open

Posted February 6, 2014 by Abby McDonald in On the Ladder

Here’s a scenario for you:

So your boss pulls you into the office and says “look Career Girl, I’ve got a project that I would like you to work on. I know it’s outside of your area of expertise, but I really could use the extra help on this since you’ve proven yourself so reliable.”

Your reply is, “But of course, anything to help the company reach it’s objectives, happy to be of service.”

Ya right!  Here’s what’s really going on in your mind.

“Arghhh, crap! This is totally outside of my job description, I’m swamped already, man this sucks!” (Eye roll).

Sound familiar?  I’m sure it does.

Lo and behold, the very task you’ve been given is an opportunity in disguise to discover a hidden talent within that you didn’t even know existed. The very talent that will earn the praise of your peers and colleagues, AND, get you the promotion that you’ve been longing for.

Oh wouldn’t it be wonderful if we all had a crystal ball in front of us, but in real life, the universe gives us clues about who we “Really Are” and then leaves us with the job of figuring it out ourselves.  Lovely, isn’t it?

Here’s the thing — as we evolve and expand into the person we are meant to be, you’ll find that there’s always an element of surprise. And the irony of it all is sometimes we achieve the most success in an area that is entirely, different from our career goals.

I believe that when we label ourselves as a “blah, blah, blah” we create limitations in our mind as to what we’re capable of.

We block our limitless, potential from emerging.

Now I’m not suggesting that you walk around the office chanting “I’m expanding and evolving with the universe” because people are going to think you’re a straight up nutbag.”

No, that’s not what I mean at all.

What I mean is, walk with a Yes energy at work and remain open to possibility. Try your best not to turn your nose up at tasks that are outside of your job description because you just never know where it’s going to lead you OR activate within you.

Sometimes we become so rigid about who we are to the point that we are blinded to amazing opportunities before us. My suggestion Career Girl, keep people guessing, keep yourself guessing, over deliver.

If you’re an accountant by trade, try taking an art class.  If you’re a tech whiz who loves code, why not try some graphic design?  If you love cars and you’re a mechanic, take a pottery class.

Catch my drift? Stay open and by doing so you open yourself up to self discovery, and endless possibilities before you.

Please note, that I’m not in any way suggesting that you become a “Jill of all trades” empress at none. I’m merely implying that you could have some amazing, hidden talent within you that is yearning to be unleashed and expressed, but you won’t discover it if you remain so rigid.

You’d be amazed at what you’ll learn about yourself if you let your hair down a little. Believe you me, you’ll be thankful you did.

About the Author

Abby McDonald

Abby McDonald knows what it’s like to live life fiercely and courageously. She started out her Career in the Financial Services Industry 17 years ago with the intent of becoming a Trader only to be fired to her dismay. Through a lot of soul searching she stumbled upon the Executive Search business 13 years ago, while successfully running her own firm for the past 6 years called Dynamic Synergy Group Inc. Abby McDonald has coached and interviewed many people over the years and has developed a love and passion for helping women to discover who they “Really Are” in both their Life & Career. Her latest business venture is www.talkwithabby.com a spiritually infused, inspirational site offering Life & Career coaching services as well as providing a platform for Advice for those who seek it.