Here’s a challenge for you: email five people you know and ask them to list your three strongest, best qualities, your superpowers.
We all have them. Sometimes we have trouble recognizing them, but they are there. Even if you don’t see them, the people close to you do. Pick people you trust or respect.
Here’s a sample email for you:
“Hi. I’m writing you to ask for a favor. It may sound a little strange, but I’ve accepted a challenge to identify my superpowers. I’m supposed to ask a few people who I trust to tell me what they feel are my three best and strongest qualities. Is there anything you respect or value about me? What do you think makes me unique, special?
I’m asking you because you have a better view into me in some ways than I do. My view is filtered by my inner critic. I’ve been told that everyone has a superpower, something that they have to give to the world, and I’m trying to define mine.
Thank you for taking the time. I truly appreciate you for doing this.”
I did this and sent the letters to my spouse (Cee), my manager at work, a colleague I do volunteer work with and some friends. Their answers had commonalities but they also varied according to the role I play in their lives. It really did help me get a well-rounded picture of who I am. It was amazing, uplifting and affirming.
Give it a try. You’ll be glad you did.