Have you ever met someone who seems to do it all? She acts, sings, dances, plays the piano and guitar, speaks, writes and cooks. To top off her long list of talents, she’s sweet and a great mom. You name it, she does it all.
Oh, how you dream of being as well rounded as Ms. Suzy Does It All. As you awake from your dream, you’re reminded that all you do is write and speak. OK, not so bad, right? In fact, you were actually quite encouraged before this encounter with Ms. Suzy Does It All.
You had finally made a decision to take steps of faith to begin writing your book. You also joined a group to work on your public speaking skills. After comparing yourself with her, your talents and abilities seem to pale in comparison. Your encouragement quickly turns to frustration.
You’re convinced that adding something else to your repertoire will help to mix things up. It may even open up doors of opportunity for future speaking engagements. As a result, you decide to take up guitar and singing lessons. If you’re well rounded like Ms. Suzy Does It All, others will surely find you to be more interesting.
If your desire to take up singing and play the guitar is genuine, sing and strum until your heart is content. Just be careful that your motivation to learn comes from a sincere interest. If you’re spending precious time developing skills without a genuine passion, then you’re wasting your time. After all, you’ll be so busy that you won’t have time to develop natural God-given talents.
The message is clear. Don’t try to be like someone else. Don’t force yourself to develop skills that aren’t natural for you. Don’t try to do something that’s not a real desire of your heart.
If your talent is singing, sing with all of your heart and develop it. If your skill is playing basketball, play with enthusiasm and develop it. If your talent is writing, write with inspiration and develop it. If your interest is painting, paint with passion and develop it. Do what you love and love what you do. Spend time developing skills that come naturally to you.
Julie Barbera, author of the forthcoming book, Cracked Mirror, Clear Reflection
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