catalyst challenge, day 12: personal superpowers

Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Relaxing Music for the month: Awakening: Liquid Mind (12:11) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a4558Ml1RuQ

Note: Please enjoy the relaxing music while completing the assessment!


Personal Superpowers

The Personal Superpowers activity will have you define your personal superpowers, your natural patterns for thinking, feeling, and doing.  Think of your superpowers as attitudes and characteristics you can employ all day long; you get energy from engaging in these attitudes and characteristics rather than get drained.  Your personal superpowers are developed and used based on a combination of your strengths, unique capabilities, and inspired action; the more you use your superpowers, the less effort needed to engage and the better you get at employing these superpowers. Your Superpowers will most likely include the many of the characteristics you’ve already explored through the exploration of your Personality Types, Strengths, Values, and Motivators. This activity was inspired by “Personal Superpowers” from Kerri Smith’s book, “Living Out Loud: Activities to Fuel a Creative Life” (with descriptions):

If you don’t know where to start in identifying your Personal Superpowers, use the two lists below as a start. You can start by identifying specific words that resonate with you most from list #1; you can also review list #2 to identify phrases that describe things that come naturally for you, things you enjoy, things that you find easy, and/or things that others say you do well. Your Superpowers may even be specific gifts and talents that you have. Again, feel free to use the words from previous activities to describe your Superpowers. Your goal is to identify THREE (3) to FIVE (5) Superpowers that you have, then write a sentence or two that describes each of your superpowers and how you use your them. Please note: If there are words/phrases that best describe a superpower for you that isn’t listed, PLEASE make sure to add them to your list.

If it helps, how would you answer the following questions:

  • What do you do exceptionally well?
  • What do other people ask you to do over and over again?
  • What activities do you enjoy so much that you lose track of time?

Your answers to these questions could also be helpful in identifying your Personal Superpowers. Remember, your Superpowers are the things you do exceptionally well, without effort. Again, feel free to use a combination of the two Lists below to identify your THREE (3) to FIVE (5) Superpowers.

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Superpower Word List #1

Action-oriented
Adaptable
Adventurous
Ambitious
Analytical
Appreciative
Articulate
Artistic
Athletic
Attentive
Authentic
Calm
Candid
Capable
Caring
Cautious
Charismatic
Charming
Clear-headed
Clever
Commitment
Communicative
Compassionate
Competitive
Confident
Conscientious
Considerate
Cooperative
Courageous
Creative
Curious
Daring
Decisive
Dedicated
Dependable
Detail-oriented
Devoted
Determined
Diligent
Disciplined
Educated
Effective
Efficient
Emotionally Intelligent
Empathetic
Endurance
Energetic
Entertaining
Enthusiastic
Experienced
Expressive
Faithful
Fair
Fast
Flexible
Focused
Formal
Forthright
Frank
Friendly
Generous
Goal-oriented
Grateful
Hard-working
Helpful
Honest
Hopeful
Humble
Humorous
Imaginative
Independent
Ingenuity
Industrious
Innovative
Insightful
Inspirational
Integrity
Intelligent
Intuitive
Inventive
Involved
Joyous
Kind
Knowledgeable
Leadership
Learning
Lively
Logical
Loving
Loyal
Mature
Methodical
Meticulous
Modest
Motivated
Natural Leader
Neat
Objective
Observant
Open-minded
Optimistic
Orderly
Organized
Original
Outgoing
Outspoken
Painstaking
Passionate
Patient
Peaceful
People skills
Perceptive
Perseverance
Persistent
Persuasive
Polite
Practical
Precise
Pro-active
Problem solver
Punctual
Prudent
Realistic
Reliable
Resilient
Respectful
Responsible
Responsive
Resourceful
Seasoned
Self-confident
Self-control
Self-directed
Self-disciplined
Sensible
Serious
Sincere
Sociable
Speaking
Spiritual
Spontaneous
Straightforward
Strategic
Systematic
Tactful
Team-oriented
Thinking
Thorough
Thoughtful
Thrifty
Tolerant
Trustworthy
Versatile
Visionary
Warm
Well-rounded
Willing
Willpower
Wisdom

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Superpower Phrase List #2

  • Being driven towards action
  • Adaptable to change
  • Being adventurous, daring, and a risk-taker
  • Analyzing data and information
  • Appreciating others
  • Being artistic and creative
  • Assisting others in times of need
  • Getting people to smile and/or laugh
  • Being charming and charismatic
  • Coaching or counseling others
  • Comforting people who are hurting
  • Communicating effectively
  • Connecting people together
  • Conserving resources
  • Engaging in learning activities
  • Creating and following a budget
  • Creating specific objectives and outcomes
  • Curating/compiling information
  • Dealing well with adversity/failure
  • Dedicating/devoting life to specific thing(s)
  • Delegating the right tasks to the right people
  • Paying attention to details
  • Devoting life to others
  • Diffusing stressful situations
  • Editing/checking for mistakes
  • Writing/editing efficiently and effectively
  • Embracing creativity
  • Emotionally intelligent
  • Empathetic towards others
  • Empowering others to be better
  • Encouraging/appreciating/motivating others
  • Enthusiastic about life
  • Establishing rapport with new people (prospects, team members, etc.)
  • Evaluating performance of others
  • Explaining complex problems easily
  • Being focused and disciplined
  • Being a forward/future thinker
  • Gathering and assigning resources and people
  • Generating new ideas
  • Fixing/repairing technology
  • Fixing/repairing things in general
  • Marketing and selling stuff
  • Having great strength and energy
  • Helping others become the best version of themselves
  • Being a great teammate/team player
  • Having an optimistic view on life
  • Helping others overcome challenges
  • Helping others see life in a different way
  • Identifying and fulfilling goals and dreams
  • Improving function/increasing beauty through design
  • Inspiring and motivating others
  • Keeping people on task
  • Learning from mistakes
  • Listening with interest and intent
  • Researching information
  • Solving/troubleshooting problems
  • Volunteering/helping others out
  • Maintains records and information
  • Making people laugh
  • Making quick and constructive decisions
  • Managing money
  • Managing people
  • Managing processes and procedures
  • Negotiating win/win scenarios
  • Being non-judgmental/tolerant towards others
  • Being open-minded
  • Organizing/editing words or numbers on paper
  • Organizing physical space
  • Passionate about work/life
  • Patient with others
  • Performing for others
  • Physically active
  • Pitching in even when I don’t have to (or when nobody else will)
  • Planning events and activities
  • Presenting or persuading through writing and/or speaking
  • Promoting products, ideas, or people
  • Providing clear, helpful feedback to others
  • Providing constructive criticism
  • Providing effective training and development
  • Remaining calm in dangerous situations
  • Recognizing patterns
  • Recognizing the positive contribution of others
  • Remembering names and faces
  • Respecting yourself and others
  • Sensing the needs of others
  • Serving something bigger than yourself
  • Setting goals and following through on them
  • Simplifying complex information
  • Finding solutions to problems/issues
  • Supporting and encouraging others
  • Taking time to make a personal connection
  • Taking work off other people’s plates
  • Training/teaching others
  • Being thrifty
  • Verbalizes ideas clearly and concisely
  • Visionary leader
  • Welcomes others with open arms
  • Working well with others
  • Working with diverse groups of people

If you want another way to find your Superpowers, check out this video:

Personal Superpower Test

These questions are useful to see if your Superpower is actually a Superpower.  Once you have your list of 3 to 5 Superpower, use the following list of questions to determine if they are truly your superpowers:

  • Is this superpower something that comes naturally to me?
  • Am I better at this superpower than most people I know?
  • Does this superpower help people?
  • Do I enjoy using this superpower?

If you answered “Yes” to all four questions, then it’s most likely a Superpower.

Once you’ve completed the (Optional) Superpower Test, answer these two questions for each of your Superpowers:

  • How do you use your Superpowers?
  • Where do you use them (specific places, tasks, roles, etc.)?

Although not required, take a few minutes to think about and reflect on these two questions:

  • What is your KRYPTONITE (i.e., the external obstacles that weaken your superpowers)?
  • What would you need to do to use your superpowers more to have a more significant impact on others.

For this activity, you’ll need to identify your THREE (3) to FIVE (5) superpowers, then write a sentence or two that describes each of your superpowers and how you use your superpower.

Have fun!


Bill’s Personal Superpower Results

  1. Creative Curator: I can read an article and/or book, connect with a different article and/or book, and find a way to create a tool or activity that might help people learn something new about themselves. I am always coming up with someone new and different.
  2. Action-oriented: I am not someone who sits and waits for things to happen; I believe that you create your own luck but taking some type of action, putting yourself out into the world. I’ve always lived by the quote, “It’s not what you know, it’s not who you know, it’s who knows you.”
  3. Values-driven: Constantly reflecting on the things that are most important in my life. My values guide my decisions on a daily basis, making it easier to say “Hell Yes” to the things that align with my values and “Hell No” to those things that don’t.
  4. Transparency: Make sure that everyone I meet sees me for who I am – the good and the bad. There’s value in putting yourself out into the world, warts and all. Being vulnerable is a strength, not a weakness. I live by the motto, “What you see is what you get.”
  5. Improvisation: Because I’ve done hundreds, maybe thousands, of Life Design Catalyst trainings, workshops, and presentations, I have been able to get good at adjusting things on the fly, based on the “audience.” Even though I might have an agenda, I’m always flexible to change it, depending on the flow.

Catalyst Challenge Worksheet

Here’s the link to download:

If you have any questions/comments/thoughts, feel free to contact me at whjohnso@uncg.edu.


 

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