In our society, we tend to focus on the wrong things. As kids growing up in school, we are often criticized when we don’t come home with good grades. There is a lot of pressure put on kids to “do well in school.” And the dreaded report card…oh, that’s always a fun day when we come home with that.
If we aren’t good at something like math and we have a failing grade, what happens? We work with a tutor. We spend countless hours making sure we understand the subject. We spend time and energy making sure we don’t fail, again.
How messed up is that? We spend all this time on things that aren’t our Super Powers!
We waste countless hours on an area that we aren’t interested in. Something that we have no desire of ever pursuing as a career in our lives, we throw our hearts and souls into.
The subject isn’t easy for us because we aren’t interested! We aren’t meant to be interested! We may not be good at math because we are supposed to be good at acting. Acting is our Super Power, not math.
The more we don’t focus on our Super Powers and what we are naturally talented in, the more we steer off course from our true purpose in life.
Yet, we can’t have ourselves or our kids have a “failing grade.” It would be embarrassing, shameful, humiliating. What if they don’t make it to the next school grade?
So we waste time. We waste energy. We waste resources. All for the wrong Super Power.
Then as adults, we go to jobs where we are evaluated with performance reviews. These fun meetings tell us what we could do better. We are coached to work on the areas we need to improve on.
But WHY? This isn’t focusing on our strengths or our Super Powers!
What if, instead, we worked toward getting better at what we are already good at? What if, instead, we make our Super Powers even more powerful?
You don’t have to look further than Marvel Movies to see this played out. Each super hero has their own Super Power. They each have their own area of expertise. The Hulk doesn’t shoot webbing from his hands to climb walls like Spider Man or try to fly like the Falcon. Just like us, they each have their very own skill and ability. They stay in their lane.
So for today, let’s choose to focus on our natural Super Power. It might be as simple as always being the cheerful, upbeat one in the office. So we decide to be the first to say hello when passing people in the hallways.
One way to help us figure out what area we are naturally talented in is to listen for what people compliment us on. Is it our writing? Our speaking? Our organizational skills?
If we all decided to pay more attention to what we are good at, and stop thinking about what we can’t do, what would our society look like?
We all have unique talents and special gifts to offer to the world. It’s time we show them.
So tell me, in the comments below, what is YOUR Super Power?