Episode 027 – Show Notes
Last week we went through a list of questions to help you discover your superpowers. You should have a pretty long list of your talents and skills if you answered all of the questions.
Today we’ll be brainstorming ideas on what you can do with your superpowers. Hint: The sky is the limit. But only if you don’t allow your limiting beliefs and thoughts hold you back.
Today On Expand Your Life Podcast
- Editing your list
- Ideas on how you can use your superpowers
- What holds us back from trying
- The compound effect
Where do your talents and skills overlap your passion and excitement? If it’s something you’re really good at and it’s something you really enjoy, figure out a way to incorporate it into your life. Start brainstorming ideas on how you can use your superpowers to create something in your life that you will love.
Welcome to Expand Your Life Podcast. This is Jc Jones, and you’re listening to Episode 27. Welcome back everyone. I hope you had a great week. Today we’re going to talk about what to do with your superpowers.
Last week on episode 26 we talked about how to discover your superpowers. If you didn’t check that out, you can find that at expandyourlifepodcast.com/26. And you can also download the free worksheets there in the resource section that has all the questions we went through in order to discover what your superpowers are. So those may be helpful to you.
For those of you who have already gone through the list of questions and have made your list of superpowers, you’re probably looking at quite a large list. Hopefully, you had some surprises in there that you didn’t previously know about. Superpowers that you discovered.
Every time I go through this exercise, it seems like I discover new superpowers that I didn’t even realize I had before. It’s always exciting to do. Not only that, but the more you learn in between doing this, it really does change and add to your superpowers list.
If you’re continually learning and continually growing and developing new skills, you’re going to discover new superpowers you didn’t realize you had. The more things you try, the more new things you do, you’ll discover that you’re really good at some of those things. That’s why it’s important to continually be trying new things that interest you to find out what you’re good at, that you are also passionate about.
Editing Your List
So now we’re going to go through your list and do a little editing. I don’t believe in ever getting rid of anything on your superpowers list because you never know in the future when that might become something that will help you with whatever it is you’re creating or dealing with at that time.
But I do suggest going through your superpowers list and really asking yourself which of those things are something that interest you, or that you feel the most interest in or passionate about or excited about. And just put a little check mark next to each one of those. The other ones leave them on the list. The ones you put a check mark next to, those are the ones that we’ll focus on first.
What To Do With Your Superpowers
So the question is, what do you do with your superpowers? Well, there really is no limit to what you can do with your superpowers. The only limits there are, are the limits that you yourself put on them. Whether it’s from your limiting thoughts or beliefs or fears that you have about your knowledge or abilities – you’re worth. All those things are simply limiters.
I’ll give you an example of something.
Every person I talk to that tells me they want to write a book, and they tell me why they haven’t written a book yet. One of the first reasons they always say is, “I’m not a good writer”, but let me tell you what. It doesn’t matter. You don’t have to be a great writer to tell a great story.
So many people get stuck on the small things. The things that don’t really matter. And they blow them up in their heads, thinking that that is the most important thing. The thing that they can’t do so they don’t try.
But it’s not necessary to be a good writer in order to write a great book. What is the most important skill to writing a fiction book? The most important skill that you need is the ability to tell a great story. If you’re a great storyteller, you can write a great book.
The ability to tell a story is also something that you can learn if you’re not a great storyteller, but you’re pretty good. All you need to do is practice your storytelling skills. Learn more about how to create and tell a good story, and that could be your superpower.
If you really want to write a book, there really is nothing to stop you except you. Don’t let the old habits of fear and low self-worth keep you from developing your superpowers and using them in a manner that brings you joy. Because if you’re doing something that brings you joy, chances are you’re spreading that joy to others around you, and that’s a good thing in my book.
Ideas For Your Superpowers
All right, so because I don’t know what each of you have written on your list, I realized how difficult it would be for me to give you ideas specifically for you and your list. I am just going to share with you today, some examples of some people who have done this exercise and used some of the superpowers they realized they had in order to create something new in their lives.
The first one I want to talk to you about was someone who was really talented at coming up with hilarious one-liners. She’d get together with her friends, and she was the one that came up with the jokes. Came up with the one liners that everybody always wish they could say.
You know, that person who right off the top of their head could just come up with something great, you know, the rest of us were sitting around and it’s not until two hours later that we think “we should have said that.”
Anyway, this gal, she has that as a superpower. And this is something that people would always tell her they were jealous about, that they wish they could be like that. And she would always say,” Oh, yeah, I’ve just always been that way.” and didn’t think anything more of it.
Well, after doing this exercise, she realized that this is one of her biggest superpowers. Something that she was kind of proud of having the ability to do. And when she did some brainstorming on ideas of how she could use her superpower, she decided that she was going to start a T shirt company. So she started a T shirt company that has become very successful.
The second person I’d like to talk about, she went many years being unmotivated to do anything with her life. She was overweight, didn’t feel like she took care of herself, was depressed. And because she had so many limiting beliefs about who she was, she didn’t realize that she could do anything different with her life. She was at a point that what was keeping her stuck there was her belief that this is how life was. This is it. This is who I am.
She didn’t feel like she could change it. But after getting to the lowest of lows in her life she started seeking help and seeking something new and something different for her life. Just going through that process of figuring out how to even get motivated, it took her a long time to get out of that place and get to a place in her life that she could honestly say she was happy.
Well, she wrote down on her list that that was a superpower. That journey of going through those hard times and the steps she took to get out of it. She realized that that was a superpower she had. That was one thing she wished she had. Someone to help her through that instead of having to figure it out herself.
She decided to start helping women who were like her that were going through the same things that she had gone through. She decided to help them through discovering that they were worthy of more. That they did matter. That they could change. They could change their results.
And at this point, she has helped quite a few women through this, and she’s super excited about the things that she’s able to help other women through. This is her joy. This is her passion.
Now, another one I’d like to tell you about is actually a friend of mine who was always a great storyteller. Whenever he’d get together with other people, he just had the ability to tell a story that kept everyone around him totally enthralled, totally sitting on the edge of their seats.
After doing this exercise and seeing that this was indeed a superpower that he had, he decided to write a book. So now he’s in the process of writing His first book.
The next person I’d like to talk about is someone who had always enjoyed spending time with the elderly. Always loved to listen to their stories. And they always just seemed to gravitate towards her. After doing this exercise, she realized that this is one of her superpowers.
She started to volunteer with the elderly in her community and spending time with them. After a few months of doing this and word getting out about what she was doing, two different nursing homes in the area offered to pay her to come in and visit with the elderly. Just visit. They were offering her a job for something she was already doing anyway, and something that she loved. She just couldn’t believe it.
The next person I’d like to talk about is someone who really loved to organize, and her friends were constantly asking her for help organizing their homes, and their lives. They needed help with the chaos that their lives had become.
She decided to open a business where she lives, doing just that after doing this exercise and realizing that organizing was a superpower that she had. Now, after a year, she’s so busy with clients that she’s had to expand and hire and train people to work with her.
The next lady I’d like to talk about is someone who really liked budgeting her money. She was really good at it. And after doing this and realizing that it was a superpower that she had, she decided to do local workshops for women in town on how to budget their money.
These workshops became so successful that she had to turn people away. Now she’s in the process of expanding and doing her workshops online. This way more people can be involved in these workshops and she can offer them to a larger group of people.
And the last woman I’d like to talk about is someone who’s friends always came to her for advice. Someone who was always very empathetic and understanding of the things people were going through and always seemed to sense what they needed to hear in order to move past whatever it was they were dealing with.
After doing this, she discovered that this was one of her superpowers. One that she didn’t even realize she had. She just had always had people gravitate towards her for this. She didn’t even think twice about it. But after realizing that it was a superpower, she’s now decided to go back to school and become a therapist.
Don’t Limit Your Dreams
These are just some examples of some of the things that people do once they realize that the talents and skills they have are unique to them. Everyone’s superpower is unique to them because they are unique in how they use that superpower.
Everyone has gifts, skills and talents that they can use to help others. To bring joy to others. To create change. Sometimes it’s just necessary to think outside of the box a little bit. Think of things that you never thought maybe were possible for you. They really are possible.
Why not you? You have the ability to create or do anything that you set your mind to. You know, we’re told that when we’re young and then when we have dreams and things that we voice out loud, we have so many people that instantly tell us why we shouldn’t do those things. Usually out of a fear of either being able to support us or support a family or all the things that society says are necessary.
“Oh, yeah, I’m gonna quit my job and go become an actor.”
“Oh, don’t do that. You can’t do that. You need a steady job. You need a steady income.”
But who are we to say that? Who are we to limit other people’s dreams and desires? You know, if every famous actor had listened to those people who tried to get them to play it safe, they would never be who they are today. And sure, not every actor makes it big. But why regret not trying? Why put it off until it’s too late?
Your Actions Compound Over Time
Take some action today. Whatever your dream is, and whatever your superpowers are leading you towards, start taking steps towards that dream. Start taking baby steps. Every baby step that you take, every small step and small action you take towards your dream is going to get you there.
All those small actions compound over time. You don’t necessarily have to quit your job and moved to L. A. to become an actor. look at what’s available to you in your community. Look at what’s available to you online. Start thinking outside of the box. If there isn’t anything available, create something.
Your homework for this week is to take each of the superpowers that you put a little check mark next to at the beginning of this episode, and think of three different ways that you can use those. Think of three different things you can either use them for, create from them, or serve somebody with them. Three things for each one of those.
And just really try to open your mind to different possibilities. New possibilities. Something that you may not have thought about before. Don’t be afraid to create something new based on your superpowers.
All right, thanks for joining me today. This has been great. I hope you got a lot from it.
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