Use Your Unique Abilities to Shake The World

By Wendy Hearn

I awoke to the feeling of being shook and felt scared because I didn't know what was happening. It later transpired that we had experienced an earthquake. As I reflected on this occurrence and my feelings at the time, I realized it was a metaphor for shaking up our lives. What do I mean by shaking up our lives? I mean taking the opportunity to really go for our dreams or to take that leap of faith, that step that feels huge.

Most people don't take the opportunity to shake or change their world, or even their own environment, such as work, family or community.

Believe in Your Potential

Shaking up your world means using your own unique abilities, strengths and gifts to either change things dramatically or to make progress towards change. The number one reason hindering people is they don't realize how much they have to offer. At times they may have fleeting thoughts of their brilliance, but they let these thoughts pass without belief or action, probably due to fear.

I believe that you as an individual possess much more than you ever tap into. This may be in the form of wisdom, skills, beliefs, strengths, intuition, ability, and gifts. A unique combination of all these things belongs to each of you as individuals. It may seem easier to play small in the world and not develop your true potential. However, by doing this, what are you and others missing out on?

Just as the earthquake was scary for me in the feeling of being shook, it can feel very scary to consider what you have, that potentially could add to or shake up your life and possibly others around you. Fear is a major factor that holds people back from going for many things. Be grateful for the fearful part of you and embrace it on your journey rather than be stopped by it.

Use Fear to Your Advantage

Imagine what you could offer the world if you refused to let fear hold you back. Perhaps you work in a corporate environment, and you have insight into improving communication, employee retention or leadership development. Possibly you run your own business and sense that there are more innovative ways of offering your product or service. Maybe you're an individual who wants to build a stronger community, or you have ideas for helping drug-addicts or single mothers.

Although it may feel scary to consider what you have to offer, it can also be very exciting. I believe that you do have a sense of your magnificence, even if it's buried very deeply. Perhaps you just haven't given it an opportunity to be unlocked. You can unlock this at your own pace and this usually requires that you step out of your comfort zone.

Evaluate Your Gifts

When you first step out of your comfort zone it may feel difficult and fearful, but at some point it will become comfortable again. The first step out of your comfort zone is to start the process of seeing clearly what you have to offer that may potentially shake the world. Whether you have much of an idea of what it is or not, start by committing your thoughts to paper. This allows you to see it more clearly, and the opportunity to add to it and explore it further. Consider the following as you explore your potential:

· What are your ideas?
· What are you really good at?
· What do you want to change?
· What are your values?
· What's important to you?

At this stage you may not know how you're going to go about using your unique abilities. That's okay. Continue to write about them, dream about them and allow yourself to get really excited about them. When your enthusiasm and inspiration increases dramatically, you will find that you naturally know what needs to be done. Your excitement and inspiration is infectious to people around you, even if they don't know of your idea. This often draws the right people and opportunities to you.

Stop playing small and discover your unique brilliance.

Wendy Hearn Personal and Professional Coach
She works with business owners, professionals and executives to discover and unlock their own inspiration, to effortlessly take the actions required to have the success they desire. To receive Wendy's free newsletter, send an email to:

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