I always wanted to have magical powers and/or be a superhero, did you? As old as 16!!! I woke up on my birthday and thought, 'well, I still don't have powers, guess they're not coming'. I was genuinely disappointed about it.
We might not end up with the superpowers that we see in movies, but all of us do have our own superpowers.
Do you know what your powers are? It's something you do with ease that is satisfying and also engages you strongly.
Do you make people feel comfortable easily?
Are you funny?
Do you really see people and value them?
Can you remember everyone's relationship history or every sporting outcome as if it were nothing?
Can you make spaces beautiful or work out any problem set before you?
Is talking policy reform like eating cake to you?
Could you describe a blow-by-blow of World War I or do you have a heart bursting with compassion for those less fortunate?
What feels effortless to you but is hard for other people?
These are your superpowers.
Great joy in life comes from using our superpowers in the form of service to others. That is, making life that bit sweeter for your fellow humans, or the land, plants and animals. It feels natural and wonderful. Like you were born to do it.
My superpowers include caring deeply about others and tuning into people's emotional needs quickly. It's part of why coaching is such a joy for me. I'm using what comes easily to me to be in service to others.
You may not think that your superpowers are that practical, but there is a practical edge to every superpower and I dare you to work out yours!
Let your brain mull it over, ask people close to you, notice what's easy and gratifying as well as engaging to you.
Once you have your superpower(s), plan how you could bring it into the world more, if you don't already. What's the smallest, easiest first step you could make? Do it and then choose the next smallest step. Before you know it, you'll be a true superhero :)
It should tap some serious joy in you to use your powers for the betterment of the world, small or large.
With love and joy,
Hi, I'm Dr Lara Corr, life coach and researcher in work and wellbeing. I coach successful 30 and 40 somethings who want more fulfilling or bigger careers but doubt themselves and their options. I help them get out of their own way, find direction and go for what they really want.