How To Make Your Gifts More Productive

What are your gifts and how do they help you materially succeed in life?

We all have different talents, which most often come with their own set of values and attitudes. To answer this question, you may want to first ask yourself some questions about what you believe in. Do you value kindness more than most things? Then you may be a kind person. Do you believe that achievement is the most important thing in life? Then it's possible that you're an achiever.

Regardless of who you are, identifying your values and beliefs will help you to figure out what your natural talents are. These "natural" talents are usually easy for us to do--if they weren't we wouldn't do them. For example, if you're an achiever and achievement is important to you, then getting things done quickly and efficiently may come naturally to you--so your natural talent might be productivity.

When it comes to your talents, there are two types: productive and unproductive. Productive talents can make a positive difference in your life, and unproductive talents can't. Productive talents usually have a positive impact on those around you as well. For example, if you're an achiever, then your talents are productive because you help to get things done. You're also more likely to be successful with your business because of your abilities.

Unproductive gifts can become productive by leveraging and applying them with your values in a unique and differentiated way. Some call this the "it" factor but I call it God's unique "impact strategy" for your life. For example, if you like art and drawing, but don't want to become a professional artist, then that's fine--just identify what makes it special. If you value education and development, God may reveal and manifest your unique gift application by taking that same talent and turn it into a business of teaching kids how to draw or paint--and having fun doing it!

Productive talents allow you to solve problems, improve yourself, build something new and positively impact your sphere of influence. It's our job to nurture our gifts and talents by finding creative ways to use them regularly and consistently, and learning as much as you can about them, so you can use them to their fullest potential.

It's critical to recognize your abilities and gifts. These innate skills distinguish us from others and aid us in our endeavors. Understanding our values and convictions may help us better understand what our talents are and how to employ them productively. We can achieve our full potential and make a meaningful contribution to others by nurturing these talents.

So what are you waiting for? Identify your gifts and talents and get to work! Use them productively to make a positive difference in your life and the lives of those around you.