What’s Your Super Power?
Superpower? Hmmm… let’s see. I know what mine are. Do you know what your’s are? Everyone has at least one, superpower, but do they know what it is and more importantly, do they use it?
I have a marketing Yoda, named Jennifer and she is awesome. In addition to helping me create a website that people can actually find; she is always telling me that my superpower is the ability to crank out articles, almost daily. This may be true in one aspect but I think my true superpower is my ability to get on a program and stay on it. I never get bored or angry or whatever else people do; I just do what I’ve said I’m going to do and enjoy it while I’m clunking along.
What’s Your Super Power?
Maybe you are physically gifted? Or you can see or hear numbers and code. Perhaps you have more patience than 1000 Tibetan monks. Maybe you somehow know when something is wrong? I have one client who is gifted with research abilities. There is literally nothing she cannot find if it’s been published and it’s on the internet. I know another someone who gets “a feeling”. The fun part is she’s never been wrong, but still tries to explain it away like it’s no big deal.
The point here is that it doesn’t matter what your superpowers or gifts are; it’s matters that you use them. How many times have you heard, “that person has such great potential”? Great potential isn’t anything other than potential, it isn’t moving in any direction. It’s stagnant.
What do you think would have happened to Michael Jorden (and his coaches) if he hadn’t worked his tail off making certain that all that natural ability was harnessed? He probably would have been one of the tens of thousands of athletes who “could have made it”, but didn’t because of “X”. The “X” is recognizing your superpower and making the most of it.
Train Your Abilities
Regardless of your gifts and superpowers, they need development. Bobby Fischer, one of the best chess players in the world, ever; played chess every day. Willie Mosconi, a champion billiard player, practiced for an hour before his pool tournament and an hour after, no matter the outcome of the contest. Bottom line, get a plan, get some coaching and get some training.
You may also discover additional gifts and superpowers along the way. My writing abilities didn’t show up until I was in my 40’s. Prior to that, I read books and watched movies, anything I could get my hands on. I read the books and watched movies over and over because they made me feel good, but I didn’t know at the time I was training for a career with a keyboard in front of me. And I guess one day, I was full. Then the words and ideas began to flow in the opposite direction, outward.
What If I Don’t Know What My Superpower Is?
That’s a great question to ask if you really don’t know. You also could take some time and evaluate what you like to do and what you do best. That may give you some clues. Think about what you spend most of your time on. What are your hobbies? What kinds of television shows, books or movies do you prefer to watch? Give yourself some quiet time to reflect on this question. What is your heart’s desire?
Here’s a couple of directions to go towards:
Ask Friends and Family
Your friends and family may be a good source to ask about your superpowers. They will give you an objective view of you that it’s impossible for most to see. they may have been waiting for years or decades for you to ask this question.
Hire a Coach
If friends and family aren’t an option or if you need another objective opinion, hire a coach. Yes, this person will have a vested interest in you succeeding, but a good coach will also see the value of you being on the right path.
Check Out Your 12 Archetypes
Archetypes are what Carl Jung described as the image or personification of the best (sometimes worst) in people. In the purest form, they can raise us to heights that we as humans can’t believe are possible but identification with these archetypes can make this happen and can give you clues to the existing, resident, yet unrecognized gifts.
Play This Game
With almost every client I’ve ever had in the office, I ask this question; “If you had unlimited time and unlimited resources, what would you be doing”?
I also ask this question, “If you knew you couldn’t fail or be injured what would you be doing now”?
The purpose of this question is to send you into the realm of possibility. You know like in the olden days. Way back when we were kids. We didn’t know about gravity, bills, commitments; we just were.
I’d like you to spend more time in that mindset. WE NEED YOU TO COME BACK TO LIFE. To dare, to dream and to believe in yourself, maybe just for 10 minutes each day until you know WHAT YOUR SUPERPOWER IS and start to develop it.
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