“Well I really don’t have a skill” a busy Mom was telling me the other day. As I sat across the table listening to her, I found myself focused on her face—actually her eye shadow. Strangely, I wondered how she was able to get her eyes to stand out so beautifully. She looked like she had just walked out of a Channel beauty salon.
I interrupted and asked her if she applies her own makeup? She looked at me with a quizzical look on her face, and replied “of course I put on my own make up, why are you asking me”?
I told her that I too put on my own make-up but somehow mine doesn’t look as good. I admired the way her cosmetics matched her skin tone, and how the colors she chose perfectly accentuated her features. She relaxed and eased up a bit and went into this detailed story of how at a young age she always loved playing and experimenting with make-up.
As these words flowed out of her mouth I could see her face begin to lighten up. She looked at me and said, “So I like make-up and maybe I’m good at applying it—who cares—what do I do with this?
I replied, “Maybe the first step is recognizing this is a valuable skill you can share with the world– you’re really good, and it comes naturally to you. The skies the limit in terms of what you want to do with this skill. The only person or thought standing in your way is YOU.”
I then told her if she’d like to discuss developing a plan for bringing her skill to life to call me. I’d be more than happy to use my skills in creative planning to help her develop her meaningful action plan to bring her best self forward.