With so many displaced employees in the workforce, the recession has left people wandering and wondering what to do now. I remember feeling the same way, but I was gainfully employed and making a pretty decent salary at the time. Feeling very restless and unfulfilled in my work, I did a lot of praying and reflecting. What was I really supposed to be doing with my life? I happened upon a journal I kept at the time. What I read was life-changing for me then and serves as encouragement for me today.
Here are 5 steps to help you to discover your gifts and get about the business of obeying your vision:
1. Take inventory of your current interests and compare them to your interests you had as a child. See the similarities?
3. What are your strengths?
Ask a family member or close friend to name your strengths Make a 2-column list. On one side list your answers, one the other side list their answers. Look for commonalities.
4. Have faith.
If you have read my blog long enough, then you know my confidence comes from my faith in God and His divine plan for my life. Even through failure and disappointment, I remind myself to remain undisturbed by appearances and to hold fast to the vision. I’m also fortunate to have a close circle of friends to encourage me as well. They can often see my present and future successes because they aren’t so close to my situation. What has been your reality?
4b. Subdue Your Fear
Are you familiar with this acronym: FEAR – False Evidence Appearing Real? Our biggest fear is almost never realized. When I feel fearful, I ask myself “What’s the worst thing that can happen?” Once I have an answer to the question, I’ve taken the power away from the fear. I have a Plan B or sometimes a “Plan C.” Did you know it takes just as much energy to have faith as it does to be fearful? Which action will you choose?
5. Be Patient
I admit this was a hard one for me but I’m so much better at it than I used to be. Everything happens in its perfect time, not a minute sooner not a minute later. The other thing I always say is “Stay in Your Lane.” Spending time envying or coveting someone else’s success keeps you away from working your own thing. Rejoice for others success and know that you can have it, too. God is not a respecter of person. What He does for one, He’ll do for another.
What are you doing to stir up your natural gifts? Are you obeying the vision you have for your life?