Is it a coincidence that superhero movies are smashing records at the box office? Today, our world has a deep fascination with superheroes. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Wolverine, Spider-Man, Storm, The Incredible Hulk, and the list goes on and on.
So what is it about these characters that makes so many people drawn to them?
The answer to this question is what’s going to guide you to discover that you, yes you, have superpowers greater than anything you can imagine.
Superheroes are never “born” superheroes, they’re beings born with great potential. It’s the situations they find themselves in, the challenges they face, and ultimately the decisions they make, that determines who they become and who they are to the world.
Today, more than ever, we are drawn to superheroes because they possess many of the same qualities that we have within ourselves.
In a world where so much change is happening, so much danger, and yet, so much potential good, heroes are stepping up every day to share their gifts and make a real difference.
Many of the real life superheroes are men and women who have overcome tremendous odds to reveal the unique talents they possess. We identify with them, as well as the big screen superheroes, because we too have greatness within us. And if we’re put in the right conditions, if we’re given the right training, if we’re able to “flesh out” our gifts and talents, in our hearts we know that we can do something special…
If only we had the opportunity. If only we knew what to do…
In the recent hit The Man of Steel, as a young boy Clark Kent had no idea what his purpose was, or what he was supposed to do with his life, and many other people find themselves in that same situation. It was only through living, experiencing, making mistakes, and learning, that ultimately Clark figured out what his true purpose was. Because of all the things he went through, he eventually became the “Superman” that brought so much value to the world.
Similar examples of individuals becoming superheroes ring true across the board. What I’ve found, and what I’m going to share with you, are The 5 Steps to Discovering Your Superpowers. These are the unbreakable laws to discovering the potential that you have inside of you. By following these 5 Steps you’ll be able to reveal your unique gifts and talents, and uncover your ultimate purpose.
The 5 Steps to Discovering Your Superpowers
Step 1: Always look for the opportunity to get stronger – You have to develop the gifts you have within yourself, and “life” is your training ground to do it.
You don’t get stronger, faster, better, more capable, unless you have resistance. The strength of your unique gifts and talents are developed just like a muscle. The more resistance, the more exposure, the better your results will be.
The challenges you face in life are not there to debilitate you and get you to quit. They are there to develop the qualities within you necessary to unleash the full potential that you have within yourself.
It all depends on your perspective. You have the opportunity to decide if you’re going to learn the lesson and grow from the struggles you face. At the same time you have the opportunity to turn away, not learn the lesson, and to keep repeating the same mistake over and over again.
The bottom line is: You get to choose.
Have enough presence and wisdom to know that the challenges you face are really opportunities in disguise. Look for these opportunities, be ready for them, because they are your direct path to uncovering how great you are.
Step 2: Overcome your fears – Why would someone reject their opportunity to learn from their challenges and eventually become a better version of themselves? The simple answer is, they are afraid.
We are all hardwired to fear the unknown, and there’s really nothing wrong with that. It serves to keep us safe, so it definitely has a purpose. Yet, at the same time, this hard-wiring can really sabotage us and keep us from progressing if we don’t see past the fear and allow it to run our life.
Notice I said, allow. That’s because fear is a natural reaction, but what you do with the fear is entirely up to you.
If someone is faced with an “incurable” illness, for example, the fear that they can’t get better might prevent them from taking action. Today, there are too many stories of people beating terminal illnesses to name. The difference for them is they chose not to sit back and accept the label that someone else had given them. They decided, instead, to face the fear head on, take action, and let the cards fall where they may. They realized something important which is: The only sure way to fail is to not try.
These are some of the common fears that others have overcome to achieve their ultimate greatness:
*Fear of rejection
*Fear of failure
*Fear of what others will say
*Fear of death (from terminal illness, to dangerous feats of courage)
*Fear of not being good enough
Eleanor Roosevelt said, “You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” Overcoming your fear is a prerequisite for greatness. Every superhero has fears, no matter where they are in their life. So remember, fear may happen to show it’s face, but it’s always up to you what you do with that fear.
Step 3: Follow your heart – What would you do with your life if you knew you couldn’t fail at doing it? If you take an honest look inside yourself, what would you be doing with your life if you truly had the choice?
The reality is: You DO have a choice.
It may sound strange, but one of the most courageous things one can do is follow the true calling they have within their soul. Often times we unknowingly conform to what society has deemed to be responsible, acceptable, or “safe” for us to do. Many people put their passions to the side so that they can better fit into what society expects of them.
The opinion of your friends, family, and teachers are all valuable. However, this is YOUR life, and it’s your chance to do something special with it.
There are unique gifts and talents within you that only you possess. There is no other person just like you, and there never will be.
It is your right (and in many ways your duty) to develop your unique capacities and share them with the world. So many people have changed the course of history because of the decision they made to follow their heart. If Thomas Edison would have listened to the nay sayers and the people who thought they were helping him by telling him to quit, the world would be in a much darker place (literally).
If you take a look at any of the great figures throughout history, you’ll see that they were faced with adversity and they often did things that had never been done before. Remember, just because it’s never been done before (within your friends, family, or the world) does not mean that it can’t be done. You just have to be the one who’s willing to make it happen.
We are living in an incredible moment in history. It’s a time where you can make a difference AND make a living by following your heart and investing in what you are passionate about.
It’s one thing to be responsible, but it’s quite another to forfeit your purpose. Many great teachers will tell you that the universe conspires to help you live your purpose. But it takes for you to step up and say yes to it, and begin to move confidently in its direction.
Step 4: Ask empowering questions – The human mind is set up in such a way that it MUST seek out answers to the questions it’s faced with.
Questions automatically focus our thinking. By asking the right questions you’ll be better able to uncover the answers you’re looking for.
The big issue is that most people are haphazardly using this power we have within ourselves. They’re constantly asking disempowering questions like:
*What’s wrong with me?
*Why won’t anyone help me?
*Why can’t I catch a break?
*How come this always happens to me?
And by default, your brain searches for data to help answer these questions. Why you? Here’s a list… What’s wrong with you? Here’s a list…
You’ll keep finding more reasons “why you” and have your mind focused on your flaws instead of your potential greatness.
Asking the right question is the quickest way to changing the answer you receive. To become empowered in your mind, body, and spirit begin asking questions that serve you and move you forward rather than pulling you back. When you’re faced with a challenge, or just an uncertain situation, try questions like these on instead:
*What’s right about this?
*What gifts or talents do I have RIGHT NOW that can help in this?
*How can I have fun doing this?
*What is it that I need to learn from this?
*Where is the gift or blessing in this?
*What qualities are wanting to emerge in me as a result of this?
By asking empowering questions you are changing the way your mind operates. This is something that takes practice, but it will pay off endless benefits along the way. To reach your superhero potential you have to be focused on solutions instead of on problems. Use the power of your mind to uncover the answers you need to fulfill your mission here on the planet.
Step 5: Be willing – The path of greatness is not always a walk in the park. You’ll need to overcome obstacles, develop your strength and skills, protect yourself from adversity, and make tough decision when everything is on the line.
The greatest asset of the superhero is the willingness to do what is necessary. The superhero is willing to be the example, to fight for what they believe in, and to never give up.
The road is usually tough at first. When you break out of the mold and start following your dreams, often times it can feel like an uphill battle. But rest assured, if you stick to it, and you follow the steps provided to you here, you will reach the top and the road gets much easier from there.
The challenges in your life are there to help qualify you for your success. You would not appreciate or understand the significance of your accomplishment if you didn’t have to work for it. Remember: the prize is never about what you get, it’s who you become in the process.
So whatever your unique mission is, be willing to say yes to it. “With great power comes great responsibility”, and the power within you is great enough to change the world.
Questions: What challenges have you faced that helped you to become the person you are today? What superhero do you identify most with and why? Please share in the comments section below.