You have your special gifts, the things that seem almost effortless to do, generate great energy, and make a meaningful contribution. These gifts are your genius. Putting your genius to work brings out your best and gives life meaning. It is an act of love, and can manifest in your work, or in other areas of life.
Yet, you may not be fully utilizing your genius in the work you do now. So, practicing your genius more often may require a simple pivot. Or it might be tougher, requiring big and scary changes. Either way, you can always lean into your genius, one tiny step at a time, and let momentum naturally build.
It’s possible you’re not even fully aware of what your genius is. When I meet people, I love to ask them about their genius. Sometimes they know exactly what I mean and supply me with a ready answer. Other times they seem uncertain what I’m asking and need a little prompting to get to the heart of who they are. These are the questions I use to help others go deeper into their genius and think about their innate gifts. Consider your answers to the following:
- What special things could you easily do as a child?
- What have you always been told you excel at?
- What keeps attracting you?
- What holds you back from your genius?
- What do you know to be your gift?
Did you think of something? Or a few things? Keep reading to learn four Amare ways you can start putting your genius to work today.
Four Amare Steps to Bring Forth Your Genius
1. Discover your genius: Go beyond self reflection. Ask people close to you: What do you think my genius is? Allow them to reflect to you what you may not see within yourself.
2. Embrace your genius. Whatever your genius is, say it. My genius is _________. I am a genius at _________. Be brave and tell others about it, without bragging or hiding. Get used to associating you with your genius.
3. Practice your genius. Practice, practice, practice. Find small ways to put your genius to work in as many facets of life as you can. Make a list of possibilities and experiment.
4. Commit to your genius. Write “I commit to live in my genius as much as I can” and post it. Write it on little stickies too and put on your fridge, in your car, bathroom, etc. See it and believe it!
Today’s Amare Wave Wednesday Quote
“Genius is not that you are smarter than everyone else. It is that you are ready to receive the inspiration.”
Did you come to any realizations about your own genius during this exercise? Do you see a path to apply your unique gift more going forward? Leave me a comment below and let me know.
I help clients and their teams discover and practice their genius, and have several amazing colleagues who do the same. The growth people experience is extraordinary. If you’d like support in becoming the leader you want to be, who leads with love and from a place of genius, contact me and we’ll find the best coach to help you bring forth your power.
To learn more about the Amare Way movement and see how it can change your business, check out my book, The Amare Wave: Uplift Your Business by Putting Love to Work.
Acknowledgements: Stephen Cope, Gay Hendricks, Kathy Fleming.
Modified from original publication on MosheEngelberg.com
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