It sounded like a pretty stupid question when my friend Stan first asked me.
What is your super power?
In fact, the only reason I even agreed to give it any thought was because it clearly states in our eighteen page friendship agreement that I must humor him when it comes to this sort of thing. But I’m glad I did because there’s actually something to it.
Which is why I have chosen to steal the idea from Stan and write about it as if it were my own.
You Have a Super Power
It doesn’t matter who you are. Or where you are from. You have a super power. Something you are extraordinary at. Something that comes naturally to you. Something that is an extension of who you are.
And although you may not be able to talk to the fish like Aquaman. Or run as fast as Flash. Or leap over a tall building in a single bound like Superman. There is something you do and a way in which you do it that is amazing to the rest of us.
Maybe you are good with words. Or you see something in a blank canvas that no one else does. Maybe you have an instant connection with animals. Or you are a natural leader. Maybe you are able to create art with a few pots and pans and some ingredients. Or you have a vision for things the world has never seen before.
Whatever it is, deep down inside it defines who you are and what you were meant to do.
You Just Don’t Know It
The problem with a super power is that it comes easy. It’s not something that you have to work terribly hard at. And just like you won’t see Superman at the gym each morning trying to maintain his current body fat percentage, you rarely give your super power the love and attention it deserves.
To us it may be awe inspiring. But to you it’s just a hobby. Something you lightly sprinkle into your life when you can. A story you tell about the time when you were young. Your someday goal that you know deep down inside will never see the light of day.
I’m not a writer, I just like to write. I’m not a musician, I just play music on the weekends. I’m not a painter, I just paint for fun. I’m not a health coach, I just like to stay healthy.
And you choose to steal this thing that you are so good at from the rest of us.
What would you say if Aquaman got a job at UPS? Or Flash worked weekends as an exotic dancer? Or Superman became an accountant?
What if they chose not to share their super power with the world?
Well, it’s no different for you.
You Don’t Have to Quit Your Job
I’m not suggesting that you should quit your job tomorrow in order to live into your super power. After all, superman had a day gig as a reporter to help fund that whole save the planet thing he was working on.
However, I am suggesting that you dust off your super power and get it in the hands of the rest of the us. Stop listening to that voice in your head telling you that it’s not safe. Or you’re not good enough. Or that it’s not important. Or that you’re not worthy.
It is. And you are.
You just need to start seeing the value in it and begin to flex that muscle.
And here’s how you can get started.
Discover Your Super Power
It shouldn’t be a job description. And it shouldn’t be your purpose. It’s a simple declaration. Just a word or two about what your gift is. I’m a writer. I’m a connector. I’m a chef. I’m a coach. I’m a teacher.
You know what it is. Even if you don’t.
Sometimes it’s just hard to say it out loud. So, grab a piece of paper or an empty document and start writing.
And then fill in the blank. Repeat this over and over again until you write at least fifty different declarations. Read through them and circle ten of them that either makes you pause or gives you chills. Keep narrowing it down until you get to the one that makes you feel a little queasy. That’s probably it.
Create One Goal Around Your Super Power
You don’t have to start out by changing the world. It can be something small. In fact, it should be something small. Something that would be a big win if you were to accomplish it.
If you are a writer, perhaps that goal should be to start a blog. If you are an artist, perhaps that goal should be to setup a studio in your house. If you are good with animals, perhaps that goal is to volunteer at a shelter.
Whatever it is, it doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you have something exciting in front of you that utilizes your secret power.
Spend At Least Five Hours Per Week On It
Start slow. You don’t have to quit your job. But you will have to carve out some extra time to start to implement it into your life.
Get up an hour earlier each day. Stay up an hour later each night. Spend some time on the weekends.
It’s going to require a little sacrifice initially. Until you realize how much you love spending your time there and then it won’t feel like a sacrifice at all.
Make Your First Dollar
We’re not looking to retire off of it. Not yet anyway. We just want to make one dollar doing it. Just to give you a taste of what is possible. To prove to yourself that your super power has value to others.
Maybe you sell a book on Amazon. Or become a coach for someone. Maybe you sell your crafts on Etsy. Or grab your guitar and play on the subway platform for an afternoon.
Whatever it is, find a way to make just one dollar. Because if you can make one dollar, I promise you, there is a way you can make one million dollars. It’s just going to take a little more time and effort. But it’s possible.
What Are a You Waiting For?
And now it’s time to take that first step. Make your declaration. What is your super power? Share it with the rest of us in the comments below.
Who knows. You just might save the world. Or at least a small piece of it.
Featured image courtesy of Bill Toenjes licensed via Creative Commons.