In my core — as in the very center of my soul — lies a never-ending passion and drive to accomplish one thing while I’m alive and conscious on this planet: to discover my superhuman powers. Or, more accurately, to discover my super human powers.
It’s not to run a successful business. Or write best-selling books. Or give applause-worthy speeches. Or conduct life-changing retreats.
It’s not to be a loving, trustworthy, husband, dad, son, and friend.
It’s not even to be generous, kind or to help people in need.
I am called to be one thing and one thing only:
A super human.
Not some demigod with superhuman powers. But a super human with real skills, talents, and abilities.
I believe my only job is to try to be the best me that I can be. To be authentic. To know myself. To keep chipping away the marble, revealing more and more of what’s inside. To keep listening to my inner voice and learning what’s true and important for me and what simply doesn’t matter. This, to me, is being a super human.
I fail spectacularly sometimes. Hell, I failed spectacularly fifteen times in the last week.
But I keep trying. I keep moving forward. Sometimes (many times, if I’m honest) it feels like running through mud. Sometimes, though, it feels as if I’m snowboarding on a foot of fresh powder. As if nothing can stop me. As if I’m floating, but totally in control. As if I’m finally on the right path for me.
I feel that way most often when I’m engaging MY most superhuman powers (I call them Ordinary Superpowers). hen I get to explore something or someplace new, when write and share an idea (like this one, for instance), or when I figure out how to simplify something and make it easier for everyone involved — that’s when I feel most alive.
When I do those things, I’m as close to being a super human as I get.
Super human powers, not superhuman powers, are the key to becoming a super human.
Here’s what’s really interesting to me: Engaging my superpowers the absolute best way for me to do all of the things I mentioned at the beginning of this post (running a successful business, being a loving dad, helping people in need, etc.). When I engage my superpowers in pursuit of the things that are important to me, I produce my best results and I have the most fun as a business owner, husband, dad, friend, and plain ol’ human being.
Imagine that. When I’m being the most authentic me, I get the best results and I have the most fun.
Did I mention how hard it can be, too? Being the most authentic me requires taking off all the masks I’ve learned how to put on (and keep on) over the years. It means letting go of a million ways I’ve cluttered up my life. Most of all it means being honest and truthful with myself and the people around me, and facing the fear that they won’t like or understand everything about the “real me,” about what I want or enjoy or believe.
The funny thing about that fear is that they don’t like or understand everything about the “false me” that I walk around pretending to be, either. So, might as well be as true to myself as I can be.
As hard as it can be to work on this, I believe it’s harder not to. All those masks and clutter and fears are heavy and exhausting, but I never realized that it until I started to set them down and leave them behind.
If this resonates with you at all, I’ve got something I want to invite you to. It’s my Superpower Hour mini-workshop next Friday at sparkspace in Columbus.
In this mini-workshop, you’ll discover your superhuman powers (oops, I mean super human powers) and take the first legitimate step toward more fully engaging those powers to do more of what you love to do, what you’re wired to do, what you’re meant to do.
It’s a way to start accessing the power that lies within your core — the power that makes you the most super human you can be. It’s already in you. It’s time to tap into it.
Here are the details:
The Superpower Hour
Friday, February 15th
The cost of this workshop is only $65, and that includes a copy of my book, Ordinary Superpowers: Unleash the Full Potential of Your Most Natural Talents.
If you purchase 5 or more tickets, the price drops to $50 pp. Perfect for your team, hint, hint.
Hey, even if you can’t come, I hope this post stirred something inside you. If it did, I invite you to take a closer look at whatever you’re feeling and see where it leads you.