Use What's Easy To Uncover Life's Work
Often when we’re inventorying our skills, knowledge, and what we have to offer this big, crazy world, we focus on the things we’d like to improve. The things that are a struggle for us, the things we should fix. And, we can easily gloss over and de-value the things that come easy to us.
When friends fawn over how well we can organize a trip, clean a closet, whip up dinner, or create a budget, we brush it off and say, “It’s no big deal”. Then we continue our personal inventory of the places we are lacking, the things we don’t know, the skills that have fallen behind.
But, it’s in really inspecting ease, that we can uncover our life’s work. The traits and behaviors that are inherently who we are…they can’t be purchased or trained, they simply lie within us. Yet, we so casually brush them aside as not valuable, since they seem to come easy.
EASY DOESN’T MEAN LAZY
This isn’t too imply that we can’t add hard work to the things that come easy to us. It’s when we layer discipline and vulnerability with what is inherently inside us, that we begin to expand, versus shrinking back.
The first step is to pay close attention to what comes easy, and realize the value of what comes easy to you and is uniquely yours. Remember, it doesn’t necessarily come easy to others, and can be shared with the world as a vehicle to make your individual mark on this life.
It's as my favorite female choreographer (and personal hero), Martha Graham said, "There is a vitality, a life force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost...It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.
Take a moment to inventory what comes easy to you and how you can apply it to cultivating what’s next for you. Set the timer for five minutes, writing down all of the skills, knowledge, and behaviors that you bring to the table…Think broad and big across all categories of your life in relationships, friendships, as a parent, volunteer, or in your home. Think about the things that friends call you for and the favors you’re asked to do. Why do they ask you? It’s because it comes easy to you. And therein lies your unique value.
IF YOU ONLY TWEET ONE THING
It’s in really inspecting what comes easy to us, that we can uncover our life’s work.
What comes easy to you? How can you layer ease with cultivating heartfelt, meaningful work, and cultivating what is next for you? Answering these questions can help you cultivate what's next.
Want to explore matching what's easy for you to your next steps in cultivating you? Join us for our Product of You workshop, our Back-to-Work Series, or our Cultivating What's Next workshop through our Hivery events series.