For our 4 year old, it’s all about ‘Elsa powers’ (from the lead character in Disney’s Frozen). When I was growing up, I definitely wanted to be a Super Saiyan (preferably SSJ3 because of the cool hair… and massive power level, of course).
Maybe you dreamed of becoming Superwoman, Batman, or inventing the real Magic Schoolbus. I don’t know what it was for you growing up, but I’m here to tell you that you have a superpower at your disposal right now. In fact, you have always had this superpower (so, no worries about having been bitten by a radioactive spider or anything).
You have the awesome power to craft your own life.
What? That isn’t a real super power? I disagree. I think humans are absolutely amazing creatures. We can reinvent ourselves as often as we desire. We can craft our own lives. We have been given the power to become.
OK, that sounds pretty existential. I can actually hear the sound of your mouse moving toward the back button. So, let’s get practical with this.
Here’s how to use your superpower:
1. Decide what you want
This is the most difficult step for most people. People think they know what they want out of life, but when you ask them to pinpoint what it is exactly, most can’t do it. Can you?
Here are some questions to help you figure out what you want from life.
- What do you care about more than anything else in life?
- What makes you happiest?
- If all your financial needs were met in abundance, how would you spend your time?
- What job would you do for free, simply for the love of the work itself?
- What makes your heart swim with joy like a kid at Christmas?
In a similar fashion, you can narrow things down by asking opposite questions:
- What do you find to be trivial and meaningless in life?
- What makes you sad and depressed?
- What are some things you would never do, even for a million bucks?
- What job would you never perform, even if you really needed the money?
- What makes you uncomfortably sad and miserable?
These questions are only to serve as general guides for helping you to answer the primary question, “What do you want?” So, if they don’t help you, get rid of them. Don’t feel like you have to answer every question either.
Again, this may sound ridiculously simple, and most people think they have it mastered. However, I know this is a struggle for me and many other achievers. We often think we know what we want, but we act in ways that contradict that thought. This is called a ‘disconnect,’ when you say or believe one thing, but act in a contrary manner.
Disconnects mean that your wants are not sufficiently defined in your own mind. Make sure you really know what you want, and what is most important to you, before moving on to the next step.
2. Figure out how to get it
The second step in the superpower process can only be completed once you know exactly what you want.
If you don’t define what it is you want first, how can you ever bring it into reality? As crazy as it sounds, some people DO skip the first step and wander aimlessly through life accumulating things FIRST and then deciding whether or not that thing fulfills them. This is a horribly inefficient process that must be discarded as soon as you recognize you’re doing it.
Now, once you’re sure that you know what you want, you need to figure out how to get it. This is easy, really.
We live in the information age. If you want to learn how to chop wood, tackle like a Seattle Seahawk, or earn more money, all you have to do is look for an information-based resource that will help you do it.
This can take the form of anything from a book, to a podcast, or a personal mentorship. Different resources appeal to different people. My wife prefers to find an expert and learn directly from them by asking questions in person or through written correspondence.
I, on the other hand, like to do research on my own. I pull from lots of different websites, books, etc.
Neither way is incorrect. It depends on your personal learning style.
So, what do you do once you’ve collected information regarding ‘how’ to get whatever it is you want? What’s the next step?
3. Create an action plan
This sounds like business-ese. What does it actually mean?
The final step in our process involves identifying a set of actions that will take you wherever it is you want to go. You’ve already consulted experts and other resources, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to create an action plan now.
If you are still struggling to identify the steps that are necessary in order to achieve your goals, go back to Step 2 and continue learning. An action plan should never feel forced, it should be an outgrowth of your Step 2 studies.
Wait for an action plan to present itself while reviewing material related to whatever it is you want to accomplish. If an action plan is not presenting itself while reviewing a particular resource (book, website, etc.) then move on to something else. Once you find material that resonates in agreement with your own passions, look for the action plan to appear in your mind.
There’s nothing mystical about this process.
Your brain is designed to solve problems, so just give it the resources and time it needs. It’s like whenever you can’t remember someone’s name. You try hard to pull it out of your brain, but it just eludes you. Then, once you’ve given up, it just hits you!
Your mind has been working on the problem all along, while you were doing other things. This same phenomenon can aid you in the creation of your action plan. As I said before, never force an action plan into existence. The best action plans will present themselves naturally. Just surround yourself with mentors and resources that support your desires, and then let your mind run wild!
Now, this is usually the part in the entrepreneurship/business article where I show you an example action plan.
Well, I’m not going to do that here. It would be a disservice to you.
Every action plan is going to be different for different people. Even if you and I want to accomplish similar things, our action plans can be dramatically different.
Alright! Enough talk; it’s time for action. JUST DO IT.
No more fear.
Get out there and use the incredible superpower you’ve been given to change your life for the better.
Be sure to let us know how things go for you in the comments below.
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