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How to utilize your abilities before they are lost

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I recently returned from vacation and was trying to start the car. I turned on the ignition, but the panel lights did not light up. The typical sound of ignition start was also absent. After several futile efforts, I finally called the technician.

The moment he saw the engine, he instantly knew that the battery was dead. I found it odd because the battery was brand new; however, the technician was right when he said that non-use of the car for a period of time caused the battery to drain.

This is just similar to our potentials and capabilities. If they are not put into consistent use, they would gradually diminish.

I have seen amazingly good painters and artists. Had they pursued their craft and developed their full potential, they might have been the Michaelangelos of our time. However, their lack of self-belief and refinement through practice have put their talents in vain, leaving them working in fields completely opposite or different from where their interests lie.

Remember, your abilities will remain untapped unless you put in the extra effort to hone them day in and day out. Consistency will ensure that someday you will be at par with world-class talents. It is true that success is just one per cent inspiration and 99 per cent perspiration. The difference between the champions and the losers is the regime of passionate practice.

Today, identify where you are good at and make it a point to hone those skills daily. For example, if you want to become an excellent writer, speaker, artist or musician, keep in mind that constant practice will help sharpen your skills.

Unlearn, relearn, improve and refine your skills until you have perfected your craft, or else your abilities will die down within yourself.

Handy Hints:

• Identify and tap the talent or skills that you are blessed with

• Find ways to fully utilize and improve your skills and abilities

• Enrich your life experience by sharing your talent with others

Find out the benefits of choosing to be a possibility thinker

Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is Motivational Speaker and Life Coach