Are you sitting on a treasure?

I meet a lot of people out there who think they don't have any talents – that talents were given to everybody else but them. These people walk around feeling not good enough, and unworthy to go after for their own dreams. So let me just say this:

1. STOP SAYING YOU DON'T HAVE ANY TALENTS. You are not here by mistake. Your life was intentional, designed by someone much bigger than the people who created you. You serve a purpose. And you were given talents to serve this purpose.  Just because you haven't identified them doesn't mean they don't exist.

2. STOP LETTING THE WORLD DEFINE THE IMPORTANT TALENTS AND UNCOVER YOUR OWN. The world has its own list of talents that it holds up for us to model – the sports figures, the super models, the rock stars, the beautiful people, the ones who handmake their own gift wrap. But there is a whole other list of talents that didn't make the reality shows. And some would argue that these talents are of even more value. Stop looking at the ones the world holds up for us to model to determine how you measure up. Chances are really good that you have had an amazing talent all along – one that has already been impacting people in powerful ways – and you just didn't see it.

3. QUIT MAKING EXCUSES. Now that I've told you this, you have to believe it. Stop waiting for more motivational speakers to come along and tell you again. You have talents and gifts inside of you right now. And from here on out, if you say you aren't good enough, you are just making excuses to hide behind, and standing in your own way. Quit it.

The saddest thing is not living a life without gifts – but living a life with gifts that you never opened.
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  1. Yes mam!! I agree with you 100%! Sometimes people need to be lovingly reminded and coached into seeing and believing what you say is true – and sometimes they need someone to yell, "Snap out of it!!!"   Today you are that strong, no excuses, get-out-of-your-owned-damned-way voice! Are you listening out there? And am I listening, too?  I am sure there's something in here for me as well.

  2. Linda, I find it hard to believe that your tiny little body could possibly hold more gifts than the ones I have received from you. But you never know. So here's to walking on this journey to find even more treasures!

  3. Amen Sister!  This is great!  So very true too.  And, like Linda, I need to hear this message too. I have another book inside of me that keeps coming to my thoughts and then other thoughts think of the people who would not totally support it or embrace it.  I need to quiet those voices and remember the people who could benefit from this message.  Thank you Kelly – we all need permission to look at our gifts and quiet the negative voices that sometimes pop into our heads!!!

  4. I get what you're saying, Marilyn. I have some nay sayers in my life. And the problem is that I keep going back to them with new ideas – thinking that this time they will get excited. They never do. I need to stop trying to prove to them that I can do it. Because even when I do it, they aren't excited anyway. I'd rather hang out with people like you and Linda and Colette and Polly who make me feel like a million bucks. You are all women who truly walk your talk, and it's so refreshing to see in this world. 

  5. Ditto! Having watched an Oprah "Where Are They Now?" show with Scott last week, I'm reminded of how even the craziest of our talents take us places. The gal who happened to make the incredible animal sounds, baby cries and other sound effects discovered during the pre-show warm-up has sure used her talents!! Talents I'm sure others would judge or roll their eyes about too. When Oprah brought her up on stage to make some noise, the next thing you know she was invited to try out for a morning DJ show. Took that job which led to other opportunities. So where is she now? Married to a bazillionaire (seriously!) and raising their children as a result of meeting through one of the crazy job assignments. She certainy wouldn't be in this place if she didn't believe your steps Kelly. Well said.

  6. Your message makes me go right to my "mom" place.  Even today I keep straining my brain to figure out what awesome, stand-out talent each of my sons' posess that can launch them into eternal happiness and riches!  Steve listens with his heart, Sam's voice is chaemeleon-like.  I feel like I just "uncovered" my speaking talents in this past decade.  We'll just let the boys discover their own gold as they go.  You are gold, Kelly!

  7. Thanks Polly! I think that often our talents are those things that we really really love to do – those things that make us feel truly alive. (Aside from sex and drugs.) My "talent" did not look like a motivational speaker or even a comedian. From a very young age, I loved to write stories and poems. For years I didn't think that would be related to my career at all. And then I thought it would be related as an author. I was looking for a career that matched my talent – instead of focusing on what I loved to do, and all the many ways that could manifest itself. Does that make sense? I think that so many of us see our talent and think it has to follow a designated path, similar to someone else with that talent. But I think there are many many many ways that we can find to do what we love. You are living proof – and we probably haven't even scratched the surface on all that Polly can do. I'm just saying.

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