Are You Wasting Your Superpowers?

What would you do if you suddenly discovered you had superpowers?

It starts as ordinary Tuesday morning.  You tumble out of bed half asleep, you spill your coffee while rushing out of the house, and, the neighbors sprinkler blasts you in the face as soon as you step outside.  You are dreading another day at work, especially today because it’s Tuesday.  Everybody hates Tuesday.

Then all of the sudden you are bitten by a radioactive spider at the bus stop, or you find a magical green lantern in the back seat of your car.  From that moment on you have superpowers!

You ditch the bus and swing through the avenues on strands of spiderweb, or you fly to work with your newfound lantern powers.  Actually, screw work.  Who needs cubicles and meetings when you have superpowers?   You go searching for adventure instead.

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You Have the Power!

Here’s the twist.  Later you find out that it wasn’t the radioactive spider or magical lantern that gave you those powers.  You had them all along, but you were just too afraid to use them until now.  How would you feel?  Foolish and regretful would be an understatement.  You had these powers your entire life!  On some level you knew it, but fear kept you from exploring them.

I’m trying to free your mind, Neo. – The Matrix

Well, you DO have superpowers.  You’ve always had them.  They are the unique combination of talents, abilities, and characteristics that make you special.  They set you apart from everyone else.  The only problem is most people are too afraid to use them.  Using your powers means being different, standing out and being noticed.  Most people would rather live empty lives than stand out.

It’s not always their fault.  They were conditioned to conform from a young age.  Get good grades, go to college, get a steady job–something involving tax work is always a safe choice–join the country club, play golf.  Sound fun?  If so, great for you!  If not, keep reading…

Unleash the Superhero within

I think superheroes are metaphors for ordinary people who decide to embrace their unique skills and make a difference in the world.  There are so few superheroes because so few of us ever achieve our true potential.

There’s one final twist.  Now that you have these powers, you’re told you only have one year left to live.  What would you do?  I bet you would choose to use these powers to their highest potential.  You would paint the world and make as big an impact as possible.  You would have as much fun as possible too!

That last part about having a year to live may sound a little extreme, but it’s a perfect analogy for life.  We all have limited time.  We all meet the same fate eventually.  And we all have talents to share with the world.  Embracing this truth is a good thing.  It liberates us to do what truly matters.

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With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility

As Uncle Ben says to Peter Parker, “With great power comes great responsibility.”  You already have great power.  It is your responsibility to share your talents with the world.  That’s the price of power.  But you are also the most fulfilled when you use your talents and make your mark on the world.

What are your superpowers?

Those who decide to use their superpowers are the ones who change the world.  Many are the entrepreneurs, artists, leaders, and athletes we always read about.  Others live more anonymous, but no less amazing, lives.

You already have superpowers.  If you are unhappy with your life, it is because you are afraid to use them.

Superheroes are real.  Are you ready to become one?

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