I have lots of ideas. I am intelligent and inquisitive with lots of interests. Yet, I am insecure and everything seems incongruent as I move through life.
Does this sound like something you experience?
Being a multi-talented individual, or said another way, a smart person, can lead to this kind of experience. It is even more profound because of the intensity of the experiences.
So, if this is me, how can I change the experiences to have less anxiety, frustration, and the frequent need to withdraw?
I have the desire to be me, ask all kinds of questions and express ALL my various talents and interests. How can I make that happen?
Living life is not easy for anyone. Living the intense life of a gifted person can be overwhelming.
Steps to enjoy each day more include: understanding yourself, overcoming the mixed messages, developing your multi-talents and weaknesses, expressing your gifts with balance, and connecting with yourself and others.
We can look at the pattern of being a multi-talented person and identify key pieces of the pattern to integrate who we are and our expression of our being.
Understanding involves knowing the characteristics of being gifted and how it applies to us. We need to understand we are different and that is okay. We are not crazy or weird or pathologically afflicted.
We are high ability individuals with curiosity, high energy, drive, seeing patterns, thirst for knowledge, strong tendency to non-conformity, heightened perceptions, high ideals & values, greater emotional highs & lows, and many talents, ideas, and interests.
We want to overcome our need to fit in and doing so by being mediocre.
We need to respect our intensity and manage it to facilitate interactions with others. We want to assess ours and others expectations realizing we are not perfect and need not be perfect. We can ask for help and guidance. We can excel and we can fail. We can grow and develop.
We grow by developing our talents and abilities. We expand who we are by recognizing our weaknesses head on. We want to know how to learn. We need stimulation, practice, and a venue to apply our gifts.
And yet because of our insatiable drive we need to have strategies for balance in our life.
Expressing our gifts can be personal.
The magic, the mystery, the ecstasy of performing, of creating, of solving, of inventing, whatever it is, can be sufficient and pure joy. Other times expressing our passion to resolve a world issue is all encompassing.
We need to make a contribution, improve the world and/or leave a legacy. Our talents demand to be expressed to complete who we are.
The void and the chaos can be made sense of as we connect with ourselves and with others.
Connecting with others similar to ourselves allows us to be intense, ask questions, get excited and have fun with minimal need to contain our abilities. Yet at the same time we need to connect with our community at large to make the impact we so desire.
Connecting the dots within our lives lets us see the pattern of the natural kaleidoscope of the moment. Life is beautiful with order and a multitude of colors.
Enjoy your many talents and abilities today and everyday!
Edith Johnston PhD LPC has worked with individuals to develop their potential, dreams and careers for over 30 years. For her the question has never been whether you can or can’t, but how to. As a gifted adult with experiences of hiding her gifts, her current focus is creating opportunities for personal development of multi-talented individuals.
“How To” Life consultants, LLC provides information, teleseminars, workshops and individual consults. More information is available at www.howtoinlife.com