You have a lot of strengths in common with Superman. Yes you should continue reading. In fact I want you take this post seriously. So I’ll never say you’ll be able to leap tall buildings in a single bound or soar through the air, like a bird or a plane.
Superman is a service provider. Fighting crime. Caring and protecting humanity. In times of need he showed his strengths, courage and passion. He did whatever he could to maintain order.
However this Superhero has one weakness. When the Baddies wanted to get the better of him they used kryptonite to take advantage. It’s their only weapon.
Can you guess what your kryptonite is? There aren’t too many things that can take you down. What has the potential to weaken you?
- Not the people around you.
- Not the work you do.
- Not where you live.
- Not what you own.
- Not your education levels.
- Not the clothes you wear.
- Not the car you drive.
- Not what you look like.
Thinking and feeling.
Your mind can cripple you if it’s not put to good use. Without self-awareness that kryptonite lives within you. Presenting in times where strengths would serve you better.
There is a big, big, big difference between you and Superman. Your limitations are nothing more than in your head. You have the ability to control your thoughts.
Humans are full of emotions. There’s no escaping them. No bargaining with how you feel. No stopping the sensations that arise within you.
Some moods require no change whatsoever. Yet there are others that disrupt our lives. Feeling: –
These are the emotions that require attention. They’re strongly felt. They can demotivate, deflate and instigate reactions that we don’t generally display. We know they exist. These feelings have created turmoil in the past.
Within seconds we can feel a number of different emotions. If that’s the case, we had better get well acquainted with the shifts in our moods. Make them work for us rather than against us.
We can’t operate effectively when we don’t know how we tick.
There’s an automatic part of our brain that remains on constant replay. Our minds continually reminding us of the past.
Recalling events that are old and no longer relevant.
- Mistakes that were made.
- How we embarrassed ourselves.
- Words spoken that should have been left unsaid.
- The annoyances of others.
Some thoughts feel like torture.
If only we could unplug.
Reflection is a powerful tool when used correctly. Discipline is required when learning how to tame your head space.
Become the master of your mind.
Don’t allow the mind to wonder aimlessly. Without controlling your thoughts, you’ll be under constant threat. Never knowing where your thinking muscle will take you to.
When you take out an insurance policy you want to know all of the finer details. What bundles are on offer. All the advantages of the package you decide upon. What’s not covered in the agreement. Preparing for any future possibility.
That’s the sort of knowledge and organisation you want when dealing with your mind and emotions. Trusting yourself to manage any situation. Aware of what actions you’ll take. Not losing control at the first sign of pressure or stress.
Others may cause ruffles in your life. Yet they can never be a star in your show until you allow them in. You get to decide if someone else is able to bother you? How much attention you want to give them is up to you.
Change how you spend your thinking time. Aiming at being the ruler of the mind. Deciding what thoughts are given permission to hang around.
We ordinary people might lack your great speed or your X-Ray vision, Superman, but never underestimate the power of the human mind. We carry the most dangerous weapon on Earth inside these thick skulls of ours. – Mark Millar, Superman: Red Son
Strengths become apparent when you face the truth.
When Wonder Woman captured an outlaw she would bring out her truth lasso. Wrap it around them so the facts would be told. Every criminal detail forthcoming.
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Facing ‘YOU’ will be the biggest challenge you will ever have to embrace. It’s possible to nurture the relationship you have with yourself. Accepting and valuing the whole of who you are.
- Acknowledge how much of a contribution you make to the people around you.
- Appreciate the amazing qualities you possess. Write them down and keep adding to this list over time.
- Stop and observe your actions. It’s only then you’re able to challenge thoughts and behaviours.
The only power you have is in what you say and do. It’s liberating owning every thought and action. Taking full responsibility for yourself.
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Whatever life holds in store for me, I will never forget these words: “With great power comes great responsibility.” This is my gift, my curse. Who am I? I’m Spider-man. – Spider-Man
Working on your limitations.
The Joker, a sworn enemy to Batman. This Villain used everything in his power to knock out his rival. Superhero’s have no time for evil.
Use your Batman style to conquer your limitations. Fight against every vulnerability with all your might. You won’t stand for negative attitudes having power over you.
Relish in the strengths you have. Use these super powers to work on your drawbacks. Assessing which behaviours and old beliefs are outdated.
When you begin to reflect on problem areas in your life, it will appear as if there’s endless amounts of work to do. Self-improvement does not finish when you’ve ironed out a few thoughts and behavioural issues.
The more you learn about yourself the more you realise there is to uncover. Layers upon layers of a unique individual yet to be discovered. Some traits are surprising. Others not so comforting.
Keep in mind that you made a choice to walk the path of self-awareness. Being awakened should be rejoiced rather than worrisome.
Say for instance, Janice finds it difficult to be in crowds. She decides it’s time to overcome feeling terrified at big events.
Janice goes in search of solutions. She finds many ways others have gone about conquering the same problem. In fact she is spoilt for choice. There are too many options. She decides on the approach she will take next time she is surrounded by people.
Janice realises the time has come to try her new strategy. She’s feeling anxious. Playing with her finger nails is another indicator she’s outside of her comfort zone. Both these triggers remind Janice she must action her plan.
Things are going along steadily. She still feels socially awkward. Although the new method is working.
After the situation has passed, Janice sighs with relief. Her new way of networking is a success. She’s going to do more research and become an expert in this area. Determined to get over her fear.
What happens if the plan did not go accordingly?
It all goes wrong. In fact because of the plan Janice nearly hyperventilates.
It did not go the way she had thought it would. She reflects on what went right and what requires more work. She goes back to her research and chooses another strategy to work with.
Why do we fall, sir? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up. – Batman Begins
When it does not go according to plan: –
- Celebrate the small wins. She was gutsy enough to give it a go. She had made progress.
- She is actively seeking change.
- As soon as the triggers became apparent, Janice actioned her plan. She was taking on her limitation. She was not backing away from it.
- This was not failure. Nor a mistake. There’s one strategy Janice is aware of that does not work for her. In theory, the chosen approach sounded like a perfect match. In practice it was not. Janice now has to go back and research the next method.
- Progress certainly has been made. Any action walking towards change is a step in the right direction.
You try a new recipe. It’s turns out wrong, nothing like you had hoped for. You don’t pack up the kitchen and buy take out for the rest of your life. You go in search of another. You’re not deterred.
When your favourite team loses the game. You don’t give up on them and never watch the sport again. You discuss what the team did right and wrong. You talk strategy. Had they done certain things differently they could have had a chance.
We go in search of the best fit when we’re working with limitations. Celebrate disappointment. Had you not consciously actioned a new strategy you would never know the outcome. Of course setbacks hurt. It may have been uncomfortable or humiliating. Yet the plan was put into action.
The people in your life are a priority that’s a given. However there is one person that trumps everyone else. That’s ‘YOU’! No question about it. Learning about yourself benefits everyone in your circles.
Being unaware of how we tick is navigating through life blindly. You have a choice about how your mind operates. You can let it run wild or you can discipline how it’s used. The latter is far more beneficial to you. Our super powers are what we use to overcome the struggles we face.
Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman only ever relied on their strengths. Use the same power to conquer your limitations.
Discipline the mind so that reflection is a tool used to better yourself. Not make you feel bad. History is only useful for reminders of the good times. If thinking of the past hurts, it’s an opportunity to develop and grow.
Once you recognise the parts of your behaviour that require a review. Go in search of a strategy. Have a plan of attack ready for the next time a similar situation arises.
Emotions pop up and they can be managed better if they’re understood. Never ignore your feelings.
Our strengths come from understanding ourselves.
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