By: Harrison Wendland, Rengaged’s Content Manager, rating: 4.5/5
“I’m in my element”
What is your element? Have you identified it yet? Do you capitalize on it and use what you know?
Everyone’s element has two main features – aptitude and passion. Aptitude is defined as the natural ability to do something. Passion is defined as a strong and barely controllable emotion. This is the first part of an element. It is important that you are both very good and talented and that you also really enjoy whatever that thing may be.
Everyone’s element also has two main conditions – attitude and opportunity. Attitude is defined as a settled way of thinking or feeling, typically reflected in someone’s behavior. Opportunity is defined as a set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something.
Let’s bring it together in short form. Ken Robinson in his book The Element, goes into great detail outlining what the element is and how to identify it, but for now I’ll be brief.
Mr. Robinson defines imagination as the power to bring to mind things that are not present to our senses. This ties back into a lot of the basis of my first book blog about the book Evolve Your Brain by Joe Dispenza. The power of your subconscious mind can act on things that are imagined or thought and then empower you to do things otherwise not possible.
Back to an element’s two features, let’s look at aptitude first.
Aptitude can be talent for things like speaking, conversation, writing, athletics, cooking, teaching, etc. There are many things that one can be talented at and there are likely multiple things that everyone can call a talent. The first step to identifying your element is to think about what your good at, what are your proficiencies?
Let’s next look at the second feature which is passion. Personally, I am a pretty good writer, I’m a great organizer and a great people manager. I don’t like writing. I do however, like organizing things and creating structure. So this blog, as much as I love organizing part of our company and bringing people together and enabling the sharing of numerous perspectives, do not feel as though I have a strong emotion connected to writing. I just like the final product, not the process.
Let’s dive into an element’s two conditions a little more fully, first we have attitude.
Attitudes can change but more often than not, an attitude is pretty set and will not change, especially not with different situations. An attitude can be both positive and negative.
A negative example could be a person who loves cooking, feels amazing while doing it and is an excellent cook. However, their attitude towards cooking is that they could never do that full-time because they do not want to work in a restaurant.
A positive example could also be a person who loves cooking, feels amazing while doing it and is an excellent cook. However, this person’s attitude towards cooking is that there are innumerable opportunities for their talent. They believe that God will provide to them an opportunity that empowers them to pursue that fully and experience “the element.”
Second, we have opportunity. I touched on this a moment ago, and there are different aspects of opportunity. There is the inner opportunity, that is the one you create for yourself with your thoughts and internal attitude about yourself. If you tell yourself and believe that there will be no opportunities to pursue cooking outside of a restaurant, there will likely not be an opportunity for you outside of a restaurant, it is essential to believe first, so that you can act second.
Experiencing an element for yourself and completely developing it is not an easy task. It takes a lot of work and a lot of self-awareness. Most people will not want you to experience something so amazing for a few reasons, they may not think it is possible or they may not want to put in the work themselves and do not want you to have a fuller life than them.
In conclusion, there are two features of an element – aptitude and passion, and two conditions – attitude and opportunity.
You are the one in charge of yourself and your life. Though you cannot control what happens to you in life, you can control how you react and respond.