What If You Had Superpowers Waiting To Be Tapped Into?
If you’re like most people then you can probably list off a number of things you’d like to improve:
- Stop eating those late night snacks.
- Start going to the grocery store more.
- Eat more vegetables.
- Go to the gym more.
It’s easy to pick these out because they’re weak links; because they usually involve the word “should” or “shouldn’t”.
I SHOULD be doing “X” or, I SHOULDN’T have to remind myself to do “Y”.
Like our “time villain” the other day, these weak leaks present another villain we all face, negativity.
Negativity has a sneaky way of influencing our mindsets and driving our decision-making.
Negativity = weak links. Weak links = not good enough. Not good enough = sucks.
And all these weak links add up. Before you know it you’re focused solely on how much you “suck” at life.
Now how good does that feel?
Who wants to be reminded about how much they suck day in and day out?
The crazy thing is, if you’re like most people you do this without even REALIZING it.
Negativity drives your decision-making and molds your mindset.
You wind up perfectly armed to pick out all the things you’re not good at; often times the things you’re actually good at whiz by you going completely unnoticed.
Noticing that villain of negativity allows you to put your foot down and say, “today the buck stops here.”
Today you start turning down the suck and turning up the good.
Notice The “Suck”
First things first:
Notice when you’re looking at all the negative things in your life.
- I’m out of shape
- I don’t eat healthy enough
- I don’t workout enough
- I don’t drink enough water
Noticing all the things you “suck” at is the first step in flipping the script on success.
Again these are easy to point out cause they’re all the things you feel like you “should” or “shouldn’t” be doing.
- Keep a journal for the day
- Create a note on your phone
Anytime you find yourself saying “I should do “X”, or I shouldn’t do “Y”, stop and write it down.
It might shock you to see just how often you’re focusing on all the negative things in your life.
Name The “Suck”
Once you’ve noticed the suck, name it.
“Ugh! I need to workout more! Oh, wait… there I go again. Pointing out the things I’m not good at.”
Noticing brings awareness. Naming allows you to make a decision about it.
“Do I really feel this way? Do I want to feel this way?”
Probably not, in which case you can toss it to the side and get on with your day.
Turn Down the Suck
Once you’ve noticed and named the sucky things in your life all that’s left is to stop doing them.
Like a volume nob you want to crank that puppy all the way down, ideally so no one – not even you – can hear that it’s playing.
Turning down the suck isn’t easy, but it’s a lot easier when you turn up the good at the same time.
Turn Up The Good
Remember how easy it was to list the things you’re not good at?
Well now come’s the challenging part…
What are the things you do well?
What are your strengths or superpowers?
Every villain has his or her nemesis…
You just need to find out what makes you a natural superhero and do more of those things.
Sounds easy, right?
Let me give you an example…
Let’s say you’re someone who want’s to lose weight. You repeatedly remind yourself of all the things mentioned earlier in the post and blame your poor decision-making for your current health status.
You’re overweight, your diet needs an overhaul, and you hate going to the gym.
You might find it’s hard to look at your situation and find ANY bright spots.
What if you dig deep and realized that you have a superpower that stares you right in the eye every day…
You’re a social butterfly!
In fact not only are you a social butterfly but your THRIVE in social settings.
Realizing this you might choose to join a meet up with like-minded people, or try and rally some of your close friends to help make your fitness journey more enjoyable.
Another strength might be that you routinely make coffee and scour your social media content every single morning.
How is that a strength, right?
Well, if you simply replace your social media with making a smoothie to bring to work, or cutting some vegetables for dinner, I’d say you wind up with a pretty damn good habit if you ask me!
Finding your strength’s is hard task – I tried the StrengthsFinder test and found out some really interesting things about myself.
Give it a try if you’re looking to dig a little deeper into your superpowers.
Once you’re aware of your strengths, DO THEM.
Again, turn down the suck. Turn up the good.
When done consistently, what starts as a small positive reflection can wind up being a life-changing superpower down the road.
Need help finding out what your strengths are? Contact me and I’ll help you sift through your superpowers so that you can turn down the suck and turn up the good to help you achieve your goals.
– Coach Chris
Are you ready, willing, and able to commit to the person you want to become and want a guide to help navigate you through the inevitable trips and turns of your journey?