Do you feel like a superhero? You should! Superheroes don’t just leap tall buildings in a single bound or lasso 10 bad guys at once. Some superheroes pack lunches, sign permission slips, serve their clients, and show up online every single day. Hey, wait a minute, that’s you!
Maybe you don’t do all of those things perfectly every day, but think about it, no superhero gets it right all the time. That would make for a very boring movie. Not only do superheroes mess up sometimes, but they also didn’t become super without some effort.
Pick a superhero story…any superhero will do. They all have something in common. None of them started out so super. Whether they acquired their powers accidentally like Peter Parker/Spiderman, recognized them later in life like Clark Kent/Superman, or developed them through perseverance like Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel, every superhero, man or woman made the choice to master the talents and abilities they were given. Only then did they become superpowers.
The same is true for you. You were born with natural talents that can take you farther and faster than most, but you have to find those talents and develop them intentionally. Not sure, where to start? Here are four steps that will get you cape-ready in no time!
Assess your strengths
We all have a superpower, something that we draw from when faced with a challenge. Your superpower may enable you to quickly form deep connections, develop out-of-the-box solutions, move an idea from concept to implementation with ease, or spot the hidden opportunity in every challenge. What comes most easily for you? For what type of help do others automatically turn to you? Also, consider the type of work that you enjoy doing most. In most cases, the work that we love to do is also the work we are wired to accomplish.
If you’re not sure what your superpower is, start by taking our quiz – What’s Your Entrepreneur Mom Superpower?
Ask others for feedback
Sometimes it’s hard to objectively assess your own strengths. The people you interact with regularly can often provide great objective insight to help you identify and develop your super skills. Executive Coach Trang Chu suggests asking five people who know you well what they think your greatest strengths are. These five people may include your spouse or partner, your friends, or your business associates. You can even gather this information from customers by asking for their feedback regarding your working relationship or service.
Once you’ve gathered this data, Ms. Chu suggests looking for any common traits or patterns and making a list of strengths that pop up consistently. These are most likely related to your superpower.
Set yourself up for success
Once you know what your superpower is, you can intentionally develop those skills. There are three main areas in which we choose to develop or ignore our superpower. They are the way we work, the people we work with, and how we spend our time.
To intentionally develop your strengths, it’s important to throw away the idea of how you’re “supposed to” work, and work the way that makes the most sense for you. For instance, if your superpower is creativity, you are probably at your best when you allow your brain to run wild. Allowing others to handle detail-oriented work like bookkeeping allows you to maximize the time you spend in your zone of genius. If your superpower is organization, on the other hand, you will want to make sure you’ve created systems that allow for uninterrupted time to focus on the tasks at hand.
Once you know your superpower, you can schedule your time to utilize it when you’re at your most productive. You can outsource tasks or hire team members to take on the work that pulls you away from what you do best. It’s not enough to know what your superpower is – you have to USE it!
Continue to fine-tune your skills
Like every superhero before you, learning to use your superpower takes some practice. The more you use it, the more natural it becomes, and the more seamlessly you can shift from your mild-mannered self to game-on greatness!
Research has proven that we go further faster if we focus on our strengths instead of trying to shore up our weaknesses. One way to do this by keeping a journal. Tracking what works for you and what doesn’t will help you identify the type of work, clients, and work style that allow you to use your gifts to the fullest and which ones dull your light. The more you recognize and repeat what works, the more you’ll gravitate toward the work and the people meant for you.
For more specific ways to utilize your superpower to grow your business, take our What’s Your Entrepreneur Mom Superpower Quiz.
So what’s your superpower? I know the To Be Retreats tribe has a full-spectrum of super-skills. Post yours in the comments below so someone who needs your gifts can find you, and be sure to check out the superpower of others. You need them too because we are all stronger together!