Uh oh, got me-self into a pickle.
The last blog posting I wrote was titled, “Sharing your talents, it’s that simple.” The “simple” part referred to the belief that using our talents (as opposed to abilities that don’t come naturally) makes for effortless Impact. I did not anticipate the response.
I thank those who wrote to let me know that recognizing and admitting to talents that create Impact is NOT so simple. I double thank those who have been willing to dialog on the subject. I’ve certainly learned a lot.
One result of this unexpected response: my personal Impact this week was different than planned. Following the theme of Ovarian Cancer Awareness, I was going to use my writing ability to develop another article for publication on the early symptoms of O.C.
Instead, I spent time online with some friends and followers posing questions to help find their answers, reveal their talents and elicit new ideas. I believe that this is one of my talents. To put a name to the Impact I had this week is a little more difficult, but I hope I made some positive difference. Each of us has our own special talents, even if we don’t allow ourselves to see them.
Nils’ talents and resulting Impact are much easier to identify. One of Nils’ most conspicuous talents is his problem-solving (mostly analytical) abilities. He often sees clearly through fog of fear, stress, or chaos. His clear-headedness can then create greater calm for others.
This past week, was extremely stressful for Nils at work, but that didn’t stop him from making Impact. In two separate incidents, he helped others circumnavigate uncomfortable situations. In one, he counseled a colleague’s “car repair shop panicked” girlfriend (Impacting not only the girlfriend, but also helping his colleague bypass potential “traumatized girlfriend syndrome”); in the other, he advised an angst-filled co-worker (also in a pickle) in how to best communicate with his boss, avoiding a sticky situation.
Additionally, Nils coached a nervous colleague for his upcoming annual review, and provided a friend with a new business idea. He also mentioned having fixed someone’s umbrella on a very rainy day — I suppose we could consider that he put his mechanical-engineering talents to work, but I think that’s a bit of a stretch.
None of the above efforts we could have anticipated. Then again, that goes along with what I often say about chances to make a positive Impact always presenting themselves — somehow, somewhere.
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