Appreciating Your Radiance Super Powers
“True happiness involves the full use of one’s power and talents.” ~ Douglas Pagels
Using our strengths and talents is a way for us to create success and be happy doing what moves our soul. Here we find alignment easily, so let‟s focus on our strengths! Sure, we all have “non strengths”, but why not focus on what we are already brilliant at? Focusing on our weaknesses is not a very effective way to evoke our super powers.
As we tap into and step just a little bit further into our strengths and talents, we develop our belief in ourselves, and awaken our inner Radiance.
One summer I took my gymnastics staff camping. One of our staff members brought a friend along. He was a sweet young man who helped out around the gym often. Around the campfire I posed the question “What are you great at?”, and one-by-one each enthusiastically answered how they were talented. Until we got to him, he dropped his head and answered “nothing”. Of course we all jumped in with 20 things that WE knew he was great at. But it was so sad to learn that he truly believed he was good at nothing, and it showed in his life and his Radiance, or lack thereof.
When we practice appreciating and using our strengths everyday it gives us the foundation we will need when life gets difficult and requires us to dig deep for strength.
When we go into a new situation or have feelings of insecurity, rather than shrinking back, we can extend our gifts to others. By leading with our strengths as an offering, we share the most sacred parts of us. We lower our arrogance and give freely what we were born to do, or talents have developed, so that we may be well used and serve the highest purpose. We contribute to the success of others.
Take a look at the list below and check off the talents and strengths that come easily and naturally to you and tap into your Radiance. Another clue that it is your strength is if you do it without self-criticism. For instance, one of my strengths is being passionate. I never say to myself, “I shouldn‟t be so passionate,” never. Another one is beauty and I never think, “Wow, I just see too much beauty in everything”; how ridiculous would that be?
Feel free to add more talents and strengths to the list!
Discovery Question: How do I feel when I am doing what comes naturally and easily to me?
Activity: Step more fully into your strengths. From the list choose the top 3 strengths that stand out as your most Radiant Super Powers.
Strength How I will cultivate this strength?
Go to TamaraGerlach.com for PDF worksheet
Gratitude: Show appreciation for your own strengths, talents, and inspiration as well as others.
Mantra: I have all that I need and so much more.