We All Have Super Powers: Part 2

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Hello again!

We are guessing you have tried to figure out what special super powers you have and might have come up with one or two. For all of you who really want to nail it, though, here are the questions we promised you the last time that you can ask yourself to dig out your Super Powers.

Ask yourself these 9 questions to assess your own Super Powers:

What fills you with passion? What fires you up in a positive way?

One of the easiest ways to discover your super power is to think about what fills you with joy - not your parents, partner or friends - but YOU and you only. What do you do that you can look back on over the days or even years and still draw from? If you do not know, be willing to experiment to find it.

What is or was your favourite hobby? Check in with yourself, what fills you with curiosity? What do you daydream about? What do you write about if you write?  Tony Stark, Iron Man, has a passion for creating advanced, armour suits and improving their features.  

What seems to come to you naturally?

Many of us don’t recognize our super powers because they come so easily to us, so we don’t think they’re special.  Step out of that trap and recognise yourself.  We take them for granted because we think everyone has them, too. The truth is, they don’t.  We always thought relationships come easily to everyone until we were actually forced to look around and realise that it doesn't.

Princess Diana (Wonder Woman, not the Princess of Wales) possesses super strength and combat skills because she was born an immortal Amazon woman.  What about you?  What are you naturally good at? What is the thing that you do better than others?  Running, teaching, drawing, accounting, schmoozing, cooking, or something else?  Compare yourself to the people around you objectively and find out.  The abilities you express without even trying to are your super powers even if you are not used to calling them that.

What makes you different (or weird)?

This is our favourite:  There is no one else like you and the best part is, you don’t have to try to be different because you already are unique.  Hold your ground on that; no one wants a copy cat!  The trick to finding your super powers is to own what makes you unique, even if it seems weird.  

What special talents, skills, and interests make you the person you are?  After being bitten by a radioactive spider, high-school student Peter Parker, aka Spiderman, is less than thrilled that he can stick to walls until he grasps how he can use the speed and strength of spiders to his advantage and then to the benefit of others.

Here is our advice to you, if you want it.  To discover your super powers, embrace your inner weirdo!

What makes time disappear for you?

How do you know when you’re using your super powers? Time disappears; no word of a lie.

No drugs necessary! Whenever we are out to connect with people on our favourite topic, cars, we feel like deep diving; nothing else matters apart from what happens right now, we emerge several hours later feeling content and "spaced-out" with a new perspective that seems to have always been there but never thought of by us. Time seems to have vanished.

In the TV series when nuclear physicist Bruce Banner transforms into the Hulk, he’s rarely consciously aware of using his super powers, but he sure does a great job of smashing things. What activities really engage you and put you in the moment? The answer might surprise you.

What did you love to do as a child?

Our super powers make themselves known to us remarkably well when we are children, teenagers, even still as young adults.  But often we forget about them later in life because our parents and teachers ignore, minimize, or even attack our authentic natures and "life" requires us to be different in order to fit in. We get given or choose role models that stand out... but look closer, those role models stand out not for following the requirements but for being themselves.

Sadly, there is a statistic to prove it: According to Brené Brown, 42% of kids are shamed out of pursuing some form of creative expression in school because their parents seem to think it will never pay them.  These are the people we are supposed to trust as children.  So some of us need to dig deep because none of us wants to "disappoint" our parents deliberately.

You can find reference to this behaviour in X-Men hiding their mutant powers because they’re ashamed of being different. Here is the thing, their parents have taught them to.  

Think back, what did you love to do as a child or young adult that’s been blocked or put on hold for any reason?  Dig deep, as this is a major clue to your very own super power or even super power(s).

Do your friends ask for advice? What is it about?

You are bound to be an expert at something, we all are; you may just not know what it is yet. Think about what people ask you for advice about.  Odds are you have a skill or talent you take for granted but that your friends absolutely cherish.

Professor Xavier teaches the young X-Men to control their mutant powers and teaches them carefully to contribute to a better mankind, so they develop a strong awareness of a long-term aim.  So lean back, get a cup of tea or coffee and have a notebook on hand; what do your friends ask you for help with?

What would you do if money didn’t matter? Alan Watts' most profound question to date!

If you didn’t have to worry about money—one of the main excuses we hear in the workshops we participate in and not taking action on is money—but seriously, what would you do?

After watching his parents get gunned down during a mugging in Gotham City as a kid, millionaire Bruce Wayne dedicates himself to becoming the world’s greatest weapon against crime as Batman. What would you do if you never had to be concerned about money again ever?

Do you have a reoccurring theme/subject?

Take a look back over your life and/or notes you just made.  Find the answer that occurs most frequently when responding to any of these questions. THAT’s a strong indicator to your super power likely already on paper but at the very least, as of right now in the forefront of your mind.

If you find more than one repeating theme, your powers may comprise a combination of abilities and interests.  Look how they can overlap, e.g.:  Singer-Songwriter,  or Dancer-Choreographer, etc.

If you are not convinced or find you have dropped a certain super power. You don’t have to be a specialist or perfect at it in order to succeed.  If you are a marketer who codes or an engineer that writes, then that is a unique skill set, and it does outline your career super power as an entrepreneur or self-employed start-up or the direction you can go in your employment.

Now that you are aware, how do you boost your Super Powers?

Now that you’ve got a glimpse of your super powers, make a commitment to developing your natural abilities through study, discipline, practice and mentorship.  Your super power is like a muscle that needs to be flexed and exercised.  Find a mentor, take classes, stay on top of what’s happening in your field, and "stretch" that muscle.

Jimi Hendrix practiced his guitar ALL the time.  He wore it when he boarded planes or when he made scrambled eggs.  He became a master guitarist because he constantly sought to improve his talent and get better at it all the time.

Technically Batman does not have super powers, but he is a feared superhero because he pushes himself to the pinnacle of human achievement and fighting techniques. His super power is "being relentless." When you amplify your special strengths, you stand out from the crowd. And because we love him so much, we accredit him with incredible durability.

When you own rather than block your greatest strengths, you become a positive role model for your family, friends, and colleagues.  You just have to wake up to the possibility that you just could be outstanding in who you are.

According to David Carson and Jamie Samms, “Tribal teachings say that whatever you do will affect the next seven generations.  Every decision you make creates a state of stagnation or rebirth for those who follow you.  When you block yourself, you block generations to come."  You better believe that your dreams build future civilizations whether they are your own children or not, so nourish them well. With that in mind, we pass Jay's question along one more time:

"Who are you not to be great? Can you afford not to allow yourself to live up to your super powers, that are already - albeit dormant- within you?"

It’s all up to you.  So what are you waiting for? Tune that guitar or sign up for that marketing class. Do whatever it is that takes you that step forward. The sooner you embrace your super powers, the happier you’ll be.  

Like Batman says: 

“You only have your thoughts and dreams ahead of you. You are someone. You mean something.”

We love you and leave you with those words.
Tony & Carmen

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