In a culture saturated by superheroes, I recently started to wonder what made this genre so compelling – what about our collective and individual desires, fears and consciousness did this speak to? I think in part, many of us don’t feel particularly heroic or empowered. The real world is complicated and at times overwhelming – how can any one of us really make a difference? Aren’t superpowers something supernatural, other worldly…in short, nothing we could ever tap into? Given that I’m an executive and life coach, whose entire passion and purpose is to help people tap into their superpowers (potential & performance), and unleash them onto the world to create a tsunami of positive impact, I decided I wanted to explore my own Superhero journey and what people could do to tap into theirs.
- Gremlins – the negative self-talk so many of us succumb to that prevents us from believing in and living up to our full potential
- Limiting Beliefs – the external narrative many create which imprison us in seeing only limited possibilities
- Lackluster Leadership – the infestation of managers and leaders who are unequipped to unlock their team’s innovation & potential, embrace diversity, and champion growth & development
I used to joke that my super powers were being irreverent and incorrigible. At heart, I’ve never been wired to sit on the sidelines and blindly accept injustice or even just the status quo. My own superhero origin story had me traversing oceans of personal tragedy & trauma, climbing mountains of professional ambition & discontentment, and finally soaring above it all on the levity that came from letting go of the limiting labels I had assigned myself. My superpowers of vibrancy, authenticity and advocacy were unleashed on the world. (God help you all!) Of course, every superhero must have supervillains to fight against – so what are mine? I help my clients fight the evil-doings of:
Finally, what’s my hero costume? Don’t be surprised to see me fighting the good fight in a fabulous pair of heels or feminist T-shirt, often times with a glass of wine in hand!
So, how do you tap into and unleash your own Superhero – channel your own superpowers to create positive impact, while having a blast as you kick-butt against your Supervillians?
- H – Highlight What You Stand For – identify the causes, issues and/or organizations you are passionate about, determine the biggest challenges they face and focus on how your talents, experience and/or passion can be used to help
- E – Embrace Your Uniqueness – many times the very thing that has made us feel like an outsider, or was something we surpressed in order to fit in, is the source of our most unique and powerful gifts. It’s time to connect to the power that comes from your authentic self!
- R – Reconnect to Your Origin Story – we all have backstories that can either be framed as the reasons why we are stressed and settling, or as the powerful catalysts that have propelled us to step into our highest and most powerful selves.
- O – Own your Actions – Initiate the change you want to see and be ready to act when others are passive. One of the most important attributes of Superheroes is that they Act – they don’t just sit, theorize and complain, they roll-up their sleeves (or the edges of their capes) and get going on the doing!
So, with this HERO framework, what does your Superhero-self look like? If you need help getting there, I may just add “Superhero creation” classes to our Coaching offer!