072: Reflective: Superpowers
This week’s episode is about reflecting your superpower! No, not the sort of superpower that you’d find useful in next Marvel movie – something way more useful!
Let me know how you get on!
Hello and welcome to this weekly mini-episode of The Curious Coach Podcast. This week’s reflective question is once again deceptively simple: what’s your superpower? Now, before you let your imagination run wild, I don’t want you to think about what super power you’d like to have and start imagining yourself as a new character in the next marvel movie. No, it’s must more mundane than that I’m afraid. The truth is you already have a super power, most likely more than, and this week’s reflective question is to simply reflect on what it is. To name it, and then to own it.
So what do I mean by a super power? Well, it might be something that comes naturally to you. It might be something you do really easily. It might be so easy that you don’t even consider it a superpower or even an ability. You might dismiss it when other people complement you or thank you for it.
To get you started reflecting. Think back over the last week. Start by thinking about things people have thanked you for or commented on? Maybe it was your mastery of spreadsheets, or your ability to come up with new ideas to problems, or how you brighten up the atmosphere in the room, or put people at ease. Write them down as you think about them. As you do, notice whether you judge, dismiss or minimise them in anyway. You might find yourself thinking things like, “Sure I did nothing”, “or anyone could have done that”. Pay extra attention to those ones. Ask yourself to be really honest with yourself and examine the evidence if you find yourself dismissing or minimising these items.
Now, repeat the process, but this time think about the things that you do that give you energy. You know, those activities that you can find yourself getting lost in when you’re doing them.
Finally, review both lists and look for any patterns or connected themes. What is the common connection between these things; the thing that is unique to you and that you’re really good at – your superpower. How would you name it? How would you describe it to other people?
Now that you’ve named it. Look out over the next week at all the times you find yourself using that super power and notice how you feel.
So that’s it for this week – find, name and take ownership of your superpower. As always, if you’d like to get in touch and share what you noticed, please don’t hesitate to send me an email to email@example.com and that’s stephen with a p.h. Full details of this and all the other episodes can be found on my website at stephenclements.ie/podcast
Thanks for listening and until next time, don’t forget - stay curious!