Tomorrow morning I’m scheduled to give a keynote to a group of “organizational change management” professionals of a Fortune 500 company. Any time I prepare a keynote, I spend a great deal of time reviewing and revising my material to make it as relevant as possible for the audience (and to make sure I don’t sound like a total caveman).
So I’ve spent a lot of time lately thinking about how Ordinary Superpowers relate to our ability to instigate, affect, and manage change.
I came up with a ton of really good stuff. I don’t mean to brag, but it honestly sounded pretty PhD worthy. There was no doubt in my mind that it was really going to impress these experts on change. I loaded it all into my PowerPoint and made the slides look pretty and everything.
And this morning, I scrapped it all.
When I re-read all of my awesome bullet points and my very thorough explanation of the wonderful ways that superpowers relate to change, it all sounded so complicated and contrived. In my effort to make the material relevant, I accidentally overthought and overcomplicated it. So I did what I always do when I’m faced with something that’s too complicated — I simplified it. I rewrote it all and boiled it down to one core idea.
Here’s what I came up with:
Discovering and maximizing your Ordinary Superpowers is the #1 way to create intentional, positive change for yourself, the people in your life, and the world around you.
That’s it. But it’s a really GOOD it. Yes, it does sound similar to what I’ve been saying for a long time, but it scores a lot higher on the clarity scale.
It’s the why behind the work that I do: to help others create intentional, positive change.
The interesting thing about getting clarity about the why is that it also clarifies the who. I can only help others create intentional, positive change who WANT to create intentional, positive change.
It’s why I love to host my public workshop called The Superpower Summit. Since it’s public, every single person who comes has opted in to be there. They don’t just want to create intentional, positive change, they’re actually already creating it by being there. I don’t know about you, but those are the kind of people I love to hang with.
It’s also why I don’t really do private workshops for corporate teams anymore. In any kind of mandatory training, only a small handful of the participants are “all in”, the rest are like hostages who would rather be anywhere else.
As a wise woman once said, “‘Ain’t nobody got time for that.”
If you’re with me, and you want to create intentional, positive change for yourself, the people in your life, and the world around you, here are three ways you can participate:
1. Read my post every week. From now on I’ll be focusing my content more and more on helping you discover and maximize your superpowers. And I promise to keep ’em short because I want you to get value quickly.
2. Forward this post (or any of them, really) to anyone you know who is interested in creating intentional, positive change. Sharing on social media is supertotallyamazingawesome, too.
3. Come to the next Superpower Summit on January 27th. It’s a full-day, deep-dive into discovering and maximizing your Ordinary Superpowers. Click here for full details. I guarantee it is the absolute best way to kick off your 2017.
I look forward to what you will create, and what we can create together.