A Seaman's Quest

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My Superpower

Unique Powers

With great power comes great responsibility. I believe that everyone has a unique gift that I like to refer to as a superpower. It took me a long time to identify and clarify this concept in my own life, and even longer to learn to use my superpower appropriately.

I'm writing this article to help you identify your superpower and get the most out of your unique personality. Everyone is equipped with differing characteristics that make them special. Each person has some raw talent that makes them super special. Developing this talent into a strength requires years of practice and study. It is neither automatic or certain.

Talents are developed into strengths by practice, experimentation, and study. No Olympic athlete or genius is born that way. There must be a talent present, but this can easily lay dormant. Conscious practice is what adds the skill and knowledge required to create the strength. Your superpower is that one strength that makes you shine.

Finding Your Destiny

Destiny is fully activating my superpower. It requires many hours of practice and learning. The result is that I live a life that is optimized around my true potential. On the other hand, it is impossible to live out my destiny until my superpower is harnessed. Raw talent is not the same as destiny if left untrained.

My superpower is what gives meaning to my life. When I use my powers for good I experience outrageous joy. Something resonates deep within my spirit that tells me this what I have been created to do. Birds fly, fish swim, and beavers chew trees. They don’t choose it - they are compelled to be who they are.

Each person has a superpower that defines their true destiny. Sadly many people fail to discover their powers and never fully develop them. They live out their lives hoping to find meaning and purpose while not ever seeing what makes them unique. People in this mode often focus on what others have that they lack and are in danger of being consumed by jealousy.

I discovered my powers during adolescence in much the same way as mutants in the X-Men graphic novels become aware of their powers. It is almost never pretty and it is the failure to control the powers properly that attracts attention first. Over time I have learned to apply my powers for good and avoid the dangers inherent in them.

Fifty Year Plan

During my twenties I wanted nothing more than to be like others. My thirties brought me the insight that I had special abilities that few others had. During my forties I began to see that my entire life revolved around my special abilities and that fully developing these abilities was the key to happiness. During my fifties I realized that every power has a corresponding weakness and vulnerability that must be addressed.

This leads us to the following plan for your personal growth

With this simple fifty year plan you will have the ability to fully develop and use your superpowers for good rather than evil.

What is Your Superpower?

This about what makes you unique. What raw talents do you possess that could be the basis of your superpower? Don't wait for the radioactive spider or the gamma-ray experiment to give you special powers. Make a plan develop your talents.

What is stopping you from your destiny? What skills do you need to learn to allow you to be the extraordinary person you can be? Begin to lay out a plan to build a better you. Hire a coach that can help you with the personal disciplines that will be required. Find someone who is further down the path that you want to walk.

Start today. Build the life you want to live, or sit on the sidelines and let the opportunities pass by. We all have constraints and limitations to work around but the stakes are high. Now is the time to focus on building your destiny. The most important thing that you can do is to identify and develop your superpower.