We spend most of our lives telling ourselves what we're not good at, and a lot of the rest of our lives trying to convince everyone else of things we are good at. Think about it. On the one hand, we tell ourselves we're worthless, and on the other hand we spend all sorts of energy trying to disprove that very thought.
Society doesn't like braggers. The problem is that owning up to what you're good at is not bragging. In fact, I'd go a step or two further - not owning up to what you're good at is selfish. You have something to offer the world, and instead of offering it, you "hide it under a bushel." What good is it there?
We are social beings. We each have gifts that can benefit not only ourselves but others. In fact, most of the benefit we derive from our own gifts (when we are honest about having them, that is) comes from sharing them with others. Being good at something doesn't make you special. Everyone's good at something. Rather, being good at something is part of what defines you, part of what makes you you. Why would you want to hide that?
Try something. Try making a list of everything you're good at. I mean everything, from the biggest to the smallest. Don't stop until you've totally exhausted your brain. There are a lot of things you're good at, I guarantee it - if you think there aren't, you haven't thought enough. Here are some examples of "little" things: Organizing, cleaning, driving, cheering people up, dressing well, doing the dishes, laughing, making lists, being detail oriented, talking, playing with the dog, making coffee, cracking jokes..." Get the idea?
When you're done, look at the list. Look at all the things you're good at, and notice how you feel. If you're like most people, you will feel pretty good - at least for a little while, until your old chatter comes back and tells you it's no big deal. But here's something for that chatter to chew on: Not one of those things on your list is less important than any of the others - we're the ones who mess things up by qualifying things. Who are you to say what one action is more important than any other in the grand scheme of things? Can you see the domino effect of each one or your actions? I doubt it. But rest assured, it's there.
Today, I challenge you to feel good about yourself. I challenge you to be honest with yourself about what you're good at. I challenge you to share yourself a bit more with the rest of us. We can't all do what you do. What a world this would be if we all really knew that, if we all understood that in not accepting what we're good at we are committing ourselves and all those around us to being less than who we truly are.