Are You a Superhero?
Imagine you’re at a conference, and you ask the age old question, “So, what do you do?” and you hear, “I’m a consulting superhero.”
What would you think?
I’ve noticed that people respond very strongly when I use the word “superhero” to describe what I do. For the most part, the first reaction is a positive association with the commitment to doing “Good” in the world. After that first response, people want to know more about how I define the word “superhero”, and what motivates me to use it so regularly to describe myself and my change management consulting practice.
What makes a superhero?
There are a few key elements necessary to identify yourself as a superhero. Let’s talk about them.
First and foremost, you have to believe you’re a superhero. Accepting the title is the first step. Truly believing you are something—knowing it to be so—sets a strong intention for your thoughts, words and behaviors. And because like attracts like, believing you are a superhero sets the stage for you to attract more of that superhero Good into your life and your work.
Do you already think like a superhero? Do you see ways to save the day all the time? It can sometimes drive a superhero crazy, wanting to fix everything and help everyone. There certainly isn’t time in the day to do it all, but it may not stop you from wanting to, or even from spending time designing improvement options.
Are you acting from a place of generosity and gratitude? You open doors, carry heavy things and answer calls for help. It’s what you do. You do it because you are able to and because you understand that the world is a better place when you use your skills, talents and gifts to contribute to others’ lives and the world as a whole.
Sit with this concept for a few minutes. Can you just be a superhero? Will you let yourself? Give yourself permission?
Choosing to walk the superhero path is a conscious, intentional life choice. And it’s not always easy. It can be frustrating when you can’t be the change you want to see in the world. It can feel lonely. You are not always recognized or rewarded in conventional ways for the hard choices you must sometimes make.
Even superheroes need—and deserve—support to make the changes they are called to make. Make sure you have the resources you need to sustain your Good work by surrounding yourself with like-minded superheroes, following Good people and organizations and taking extra time in your Fortress of Solitude to replenish your energy. The world needs more people like you, so take care of yourself.
What’s your experience being a superhero? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.
Forward this page to the superheroes you know to recognize them for all they do, and invite them to subscribe.