"We all have the extraordinary coded within us waiting to be released." ~ Dr. Jean Houston
Top of the year reflection, visioning and goal-setting can sometimes feel complicated and overwhelming. The ideas and options are endless and it can really slow you down or stop you completely. Yet, we know some type of forethought and plan is best for success. I am a fan of doing whatever works for you. If you thrive on resolutions, do them, if you like traditional goal-setting – go for it. If you prefer to think out a few years and create an ideal vision, and then back into it, that's a good one also. To me it just has to work for you. That said, I have found there is something that is key no matter which way you decide to go.
Begin with your brilliance.
Tapping your brilliance means you need to take the time to determine what your most unique and powerful skill, talent or gift is – in what area you completely shine, and then really leverage it in as many areas of your life as you can.
Whether or not you know it, you have a gift as unique as your fingerprint, that nobody has quite like you. It is the thing that comes most effortlessly for you, and yet has the most impact on others at the same time.
It could be the way you connect people to each other, the way you inspire others one on one or as a speaker, your way with children, your humor in difficult situations or the finesse you have as a leader who people naturally follow and trust. Your brilliance could be your keen intuition or strong ability to solve complex problems. This special gift of yours is usually consistently recognized by friends, family, clients and collections alike …. so if you are not sure, just ask them. Ask what it is about you that affects people the most. What is it that they know they can "gain" from you when they need it?
Another way to confirm your signature brilliance or strengths is to use assessments such as Myers Briggs, DiSc or even the StrengthsFinder 2.0 which directly covers this question. Asking others and taking assessments usually is great for honing in on your core brilliance or confirming it. And for many of you, it may only be a confirmation. I say this because deep down, you may really already know what it is.
Regardless of how you come by it, once you figure out what your brilliance is, you are working with your best success-asset.
When you lease your unique gift and fully plug it into your career and life, you are going to be happier, more passionate, more on purpose than you ever were, and it will make it so much easier to reach your dreams.
You will attract people, resources, and opportunities to you move forward, and even stuck areas will unhinge and start to shift. This ripple …