What makes you unique?
What’s that special something you have to offer the world?
Ya know, that magical quality that makes you, you.
Do you know what it is?
Can you name it? Describe it? Tell someone in one sentence what it is?
“My superpower is _____________.”
If not, don’t worry, you’re likely not alone in this.
We spend so much of our lives institutionalized into sameness.
We all learn the same things, value the same qualities, promote the same lifestyle, admire the same careers, idolize the same talents, that it’s not surprising that so many of us don’t know what our superpower is, or that we even have one.
What’s a Superpower Anyway?
We’re not talking about flying, walking through walls or leaping over buildings in a single bound, even though that would be super cool.
A superpower is more than just something you’re great at like a natural-born talent (aka your power). It is greater than you and is the perfect combination of your talent, your passion and your actions (what makes it super).
- Your talent is an ability that you possess a natural and extraordinary aptitude for. Unlike a skill which is learned, a natural-born talent just comes easily to you. It makes sense to you, you learn it quickly and you excel at it without much help.
- Your passion is not only something you care about and interests you, it is what you live for and are dedicated to. A passion requires commitment on your part. You’re not passionate about it if you’re not committed to it. Passion usually consumes so your passion should be obvious to an observer.
- Your actions are the moves you make to use your talents infused with your passion for doing something. Without the activating component of taking action, it’s not a superpower, it’s just something you could do, but never do. Your actions activate your superpower!
When you use your superpower you should feel unstoppable, inspired, limitless, on fire, dedicated and just ready to show up and do something amazing.
Like THIS is what you were made for.
Your superpower makes you feel like a hero when you use it!
Say it, “I am a hero and I have a superpower!”
(Even if you don’t know what it is yet, you still possess it.)
Get up, stand up, and place your arms on your hips (you know the Superman pose), and hold it for 30 seconds. Say it again, “I am a hero!”
Do you feel it yet?
Would you believe me if I told you someone is waiting for you to realize how awesome you are?
Waiting for you to say what you need to say or do what you need to do that will change their life?
Maybe in some ways, you are also waiting for yourself. Waiting for you to believe that you can have better, do more, be happy, achieve your dreams and be fulfilled in life.
To believe in yourself is to rescue yourself.
To be a hero for anyone else, you first have to be a hero to yourself.
Be the hero of your own story. Own your story, own your power. Own who you are.
The hero’s journey, like most, always starts with you.
You’ve Got the Power + the Magic
In case, you didn’t know, or you don’t believe as yet, let me tell you that you are amazing.
You are special.
You have a superpower.
You are completely unique.
You are the only you! There will never be another.
No one can do for the world or others what you can, the way you can.
The special ingredient is you. You are the special sauce and this world is just waiting for you to discover your greatness.
You find your superpower when you embrace your awesome, and accept this amazing truth about yourself.
How Do I Find My Superpower?
Everyone has a superpower, but everyone also has their own particular way of finding it.
So, how do you find your superpower?
The “science” isn’t exact on finding your superpower, but the method is very simple in a way. You go find it. Take action, both inwards and outwards.
In the words of Alexander Fleming, “One sometimes finds what one is not looking for.”
Whatever your superpower is, you’ll know what it is when you find it and use it. There will be no mistaking it.
There may not be any magical one-size fits all formula for you to follow, but there are some clues and ways increase your odds of stumbling upon yours.
Remember, your Superpower = Your Talent + Your Passion + Your Actions.
A great place to start is by focusing on any one specific aspect of your superpower.
- What’s your natural-born talent?
- What are you passionate about?
- What actions can you take today for your talents and passions?
Don’t worry if that’s too vague, to help you here are 20 specific ways to discover your superpower.
20 Ways to Find Your Superpower
Get to Know Yourself
“Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.” ― André Gide
How much time do you spend alone? Get to know yourself, you are the most important person in your life. Love yourself, embrace your perfect imperfections and just enjoy your own company. Who are you? What do you care about? A deeper understanding of yourself comes by being alone. Let your creativity, imagination, and intuition guide you. You already know the way.
Be Your True Awesome Self
“The hardest challenge is to be yourself in a world where everyone is trying to make you be somebody else.” ―E. E. Cummings
You discover your superpower when you’ve embraced yourself. No pretending to be someone else, no imitating or suppressing your power, just being who you are. Unapologetically so! Unravel and unlearn the ways you’ve hidden yourself. You are not broken, you are not lacking. You are beautiful and complete. How can you know your superpower, when you’re pretending to be someone else?
Connect With Your Natural Abilities
“I am convinced all of humanity is born with more gifts than we know. Most are born geniuses and just get de-geniused rapidly.” ― Buckminster Fuller
What are your natural skills and abilities? Make a list of everything you’re not just great at but extraordinary at. Look beyond “hard skill” like being good at math or coding for example, or even an “admired skill” like singing or dancing. This can be as unique to you as possible.
When You Were Little
“One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.” ― Shannon L. Alder
What did you want to be when you grow up? Are you doing it? Why did you change your mind? Sometimes you have to throw off and unlearn what growing up does to you. Return to the creative, fearless, child you once were before school, work, life, and society took it from you.
Just Live and Gain New Experiences
“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.” – Thomas Jefferson
Live your life, say yes and be open to the possibility that you just might stumble upon what you’re looking for. Say yes to every opportunity that comes your way that you’d like. Also, learn to say no, as you can’t have new experiences if you’re stuck in old patterns of behavior that aren’t allowing you to grow and discover yourself.
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Why You Need to Find Your Superpower
I know what you might be thinking. “What if I’m ordinary, what if I’m not special?” Or, “Isn’t narcissistic to think that I’m something amazing?”
Especially, if the alternative is you NOT believing in yourself and thinking that you are less than you are.
Knowing your superpower literally (yes, literally) changes everything. Even just knowing what your talents or passion is can shift the course of your life.
Your superpower is your key to everything. The key to finding your niche, your voice, your mission, your purpose, and even defining your brand (if you choose to create one).
Can you imagine how your life would be different if you knew exactly what your superpower was?
Imagine how focused you would be, how direct and intentional the choices you make would be?
How you would jump at every opportunity, confidently, ready to just show up and to be super.