Over the last few months, we’ve talked about getting clear about what you want and getting the right people around you to make that happen. Now let’s shift from looking at who you have around you to simply looking at yourself. The big question you can work on answering next is, how do you determine your personal value and share it? While that’s a great question to answer, it’s a mouthful, so for now, let’s simplify and simply ask and begin to answer, “What do I have to offer?”
So, what do you have to offer? If you’re like most of us, you shy away from questions like this. We all tend to underestimate what we have to offer. That may be because we’re overly-modest, we lack confidence, or we simply haven’t done the work to identify it. Whatever the reason, there are two very big problems with you failing to identify what you have to offer this world. One is that if you don’t identify and operate in whatever “it” is for you, you’ll never be fulfilled. There will always be an empty feeling inside you that feels like something is missing. Second, if you don’t identify your “it”, other people (who need “it” very badly) will miss out. So, you failing to identify what you have to offer is a lose, lose. But, when you do identify what you have to offer, it’s a win, win. Let’s talk about how you can shift to the win, win scenario.
4 questions to help you answer, “What do I have to offer?”
- What do you enjoy? What energizes you? What gives you that feeling that says, “I was made to do this”? You may or may not know the answer to this question right off the bat. If you do, that’s a great start. If not, you may have some work to do to identify some of the things you enjoy and energize you. It’s worth all the work it requires.
- What do you believe you’re good at? Again, this is something you may shy away from, but if you allow yourself to be honest, you can probably identify some things you know you’re good at. They may be current or they may have laid dormant for quite some time. Take some time today to think and even write down some of those things you believe you’re truly good at.
- What do other people tell you you’re good at? This is a good test. We can fool ourselves, but it’s difficult to fool those closest to us. If someone tells you you’re good, you probably are. Once again, take some time and jot down some of those things others have affirmed in you. You may have even dismissed them, but it’s important to gather those back to the top of your mind.
- If money were no object, what would you do with most of your time? This isn’t a question about leisure time or early retirement. It’s about what brings you energy and life. If you had trouble answering #1 above, this may be tough, too. But to spin the question in these kinds of limitless terms might be just the help you need. If you don’t know the answer now, can you at least write down a few possibilities?
While these questions are a great start, you may only get so far on your own. One of our coaches could help you dig deeper into these questions by utilizing several highly effective coaching tools we have at our disposal. Just click here to get started on your journey to living out your dreams. When you’re ready, we’ll be ready to help you get there.