Cultivating Your Genius

Quote of the Week

“We will discover the nature of our particular genius when we stop trying to conform to our own or to other peoples’ models, learn to be ourselves, and allow our natural channel to open.”

— Shakti Gawain

Cultivating Your Genius

by David McNally

“Here are some practical ways to start cultivating your genius today:

  • Look for patterns in your life.

Although you may not have truly valued your gifts and talents, they have surfaced from time to time throughout your life. As you review the events in your life, look for the threads of continuity running throughout. What have you consistently enjoyed throughout your life? What talents have you been praised for? What accomplishments are you most proud of? Answering these questions will put you on the right path.

  • Play games.

Your natural gifts and talents are most visible when you are feeling relaxed, pontaneous,
and the most ‘yourself.’ Giving yourself the opportunity to let go, to play, opens the door to iscovering new creativity and passions.

  • Try something new.

Break out of established patterns of doing things. What have you assumed you’re not
good at but would love to try? Do at least one new thing every month. Think of something you’ve always wanted to do and do it. If you fail, make a mistake, get laughed at, feel embarrassed, so what! Fears like these keep people mired in mediocrity.

  • Be honest about what you love.

What do you feel passionate about, what do you have fun doing? I believe that what you love is what you were made to do and what you were made to do is what you have an aptitude to do. Have the courage to admit what you love and your genius will burst through (McNally, 1998, p. 137).”

Reference: McNally, D. (1998). The eagle’s secret: success strategies for thriving at work & in life. New York: Dell Publishing.

Reprinted with permission from the OSU Leadership Center, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH 43210, (614) 292-3114,

Coaching Call to Action

Last week I took a class to learn a new coaching process – Now What? 90 Days to a New Life Direction. One of the exercises was to write your life story in bullet format. From that layout, you look for patterns or themes in your life. These are referred to as Golden Threads. This week get in touch with your patterns. If you have difficulty seeing them or connecting to them, ask those who are close to you for help. You’ll find them. And you will know when you find them, you will know it in your gut.