Stop validating your victim mentality. Shake off your self-defeating drama and embrace your innate ability to recover and achieve. – Steve Maraboli
Many people watch superhero movies and wish they were born with some kind of superpowers of their own. What many of us don’t realize, however, is that we really are born with superpowers.
Sure, they may be nothing like the exaggerated abilities we see on TV. But, to a certain degree, many of us are blessed with innate abilities that, if developed, can go a long way in separating us from the crowd. This is what we refer to as the innate ability of mind and body.
The innate sense of mind and body differs from individual to individual, but none is more so special than others. The trick is how we develop and take advantage of these abilities versus the other person.
Taking advantage of the innate qualities of mind and body is not rocket science. Like any other thing in life, it follows a few basic principles. Once we adhere strictly to these principles, we should find it remarkably easy and satisfying to take advantage of our innate skills, thereby, in essence, becoming a superhero.
Innate Ability Vs Acquired Skills
Our innate abilities are unique talents that we have from birth. Yet as we grow up, we find that they have to be nurtured and maximized to fulfil their potential.
Along the line, they become mixed with, and hard to tell from, our acquired qualities. The trick, however, is not to differentiate but to make them work together.
○ How Do You Know If You Have an Innate Ability?
Some innate abilities are easy to tell right from the young age. Many promising young children show early signs of being better at performing specific tasks or engaging in particular activities than other kids.
This can be singing, dancing, painting, innate athletic ability, taking things apart and building from scratch, and many more.
In this case, it is easy for anyone to see that there is an innate sense somewhere in there. In some cases, though, telling an innate ability requires careful observation and subtle analysis.
It is also important to not look down on any innate qualities. Some people find things they are good at, but pay no attention to it because they feel it is not as special as others. All our innate cognitive skills should be nurtured along with acquired qualities. We never know where they might take us.
○ Innate Ability Complements Acquired Skills
It is easy to get so caught up in differentiating between innate and acquired skills that we forget to make them work together. No matter how talented one is, that talent is likely to go to waste when we’re not willing to put in the work to acquire more skills to consolidate it.
The same goes for acquired skills. To do it successfully, we must have a passion for it or some form of innate disposition towards it.
Making innate skills and acquired skills work together ensures that we have the two most essential ingredients towards mastery of a craft and achieving overwhelming success in that field.
○ Importance of Mastering Your Innate Qualities
The importance of mastering innate common sense can not be overstated. First and foremost, mastering innate qualities gives us something that most people don’t have – PURPOSE.
Mastering our innate skills like language skills or leadership skills also gives us self-confidence, as it separates us from the pack. Having a natural ability alone does not make us different. It is only in mastering this ability that we can derive self-confidence in being special.
Lastly, when we master our innate abilities, we open up a gate to a great future. Who knows what we can achieve!? Maybe we come up with something that changes people’s lives and brings happiness and meaning to them. Perhaps we do something that changes the world forever.
The possibilities are endless.
5 Ways to take Advantage of Innate Ability
As people are becoming more aware of their innate abilities, they are often trying to figure out how to take advantage of these abilities. People are looking for ways that they can use their natural talents in day-to-day activities.
1. Turn your Innate Qualities into a Talent
Talent is a quality that is highly valued. It can be innate or gained through practice over time. The innate qualities of the talent are often the determining factor of what type of talent someone has.
Focusing on your natural innate talent makes you confident enough to do what you love even if it’s not the easiest path. Instead, it becomes an asset.
Turning your innate qualities into a talent is possible if you have the right mindset and attitude even if you don’t have any particular skillset or background.
Consequently, we’re able to keep developing and developing it until it becomes something truly magnificent.
2. Optimize your Skillset
“If you’re good at something, never do it for free.” ― The Joker
One way to use our innate capacity is to turn natural talent into a career, skill or business. The goal here is to use our talent so that it transcends being an ordinary hobby.
If you are good at something, don’t dismiss it as a hobby or something that won’t lead anywhere. Instead, identify your talent and work on it towards reaching your career goals.
We all have certain innate qualities that can be turned into a career. These are things like being creative, being altruistic, being passionate, being curious and having an appetite for learning.
If you are wondering what the best way is to find your dream job or want to start over in life, turn to your innate ideas.
In summary, instead of having to rely solely on one skill and trying to master that one skill alone, we should instead use our innate qualities as the base to optimize and expand our human brain capabilities to fit into a whole different skill set.
3. Practice your Craft with Purpose
Another essential aspect of mastering innate abilities is turning them into a purpose. Innate understanding as a hobby is great, but they have the potential to be so much more.
Some of us believe that our innate abilities are nothing to be proud of, so instead of doing them with purpose, we brush them aside and only see them as leisure.
In fact, some don’t even see them as leisure’s but as a burden. So they denigrate and refuse to work on building and taking advantage of them.
○ The Consequence
The consequence of this could be too great to bear. For instance, we could wake up one day and find that someone else has optimized a similar talent that we’ve always taken for granted and turned it into something truly remarkable.
At this point, it may be too late for us and regret sets in.
However, by taking advantage of our talents and adopting a growth mindset towards them, we are able to diversify and recognize what approaches we can take to turn them into something truly glorious.
4. Use your Natural Ability to Benefit Others
It is easy to see our innate abilities as a gift to ourselves. All that is in our minds is how to cultivate these abilities to help ourselves and ourselves alone. This is the wrong approach.
Sure, there is nothing wrong with using our natural abilities to carve out a better life for ourselves. This is a great way to use and ensure that we remain motivated. But the end goal should never be an entirely selfish target.
The whole world is one big giant organism. For it to prosper and thrive, everything and everyone must work together. By using our cognitive ability to further our own selfish goals, we are actively wasting it.
The only way to truly take advantage of the talents we have been blessed with is to employ them in a way that helps us and serves a great benefit to other people in the process.
5. Surround Yourself With Similarly Gifted People
Lastly, one of the most important ways to take advantage of our innate ability of mind and body is to surround ourselves with people who can help us achieve ultimate mastery of it.
The aim here is to find someone or a group of people who have similar innate abilities. Ideally, we should even find those who are better than us at what they do.
Then we can go ahead to find out whether or not they are willing to help. If they are, we are in luck. All we have to do now is make sure that they are always by our side, and we never let them go.
Once we do this, we find that, in no time at all, we can learn more about how special our innate abilities are and what we can do with them to help ourselves and ultimately help better other people’s lives.
Overview: Take Advantage of your Innate Abilities
Nothing sustains, and nothing maintains, other than your innate ability – Gladys Adevey
Having innate knowledge is excellent. But it would be an incredible disservice if we fail to take advantage of it. In fact, we owe it not only to ourselves but also to the whole world to maximize our innate abilities. The possibility of the contributions we can make to the world is endless.
What’s more, the fundamental principles we have to follow to take advantage of our innate abilities are not even that complicated.
As long as we value our talents, use them to cultivate a broader skill set, learn from gifted people, and employ our innate abilities to benefit others, we should be fine. With great power comes great responsibility. It is up to us to ensure that these superpowers of ours do not go to waste.