We love #movies, #comics and novels because we all love a good story. We love to be inspired, shocked, touched, entertained, informed, amused, brought to tears and to laughter. We love to see people who seem just like us on the surface, but have amazing hidden powers. But we also love those #superhuman, magical heroes with their amazing powers, showing traits of very human weakness. It's this unique combination of gifts and flaws, of strength and weakness that makes our favorite characters so fascinating and endearing.
Flaws Make Us Human
Same goes for life: Nobody likes a perfect, flawless fellow human (that is an oxymoron in and of itself). Even more than our gifts and talents it's our quirks and flaws that make us human, approachable and ultimately lovable. But what if what you perceive as your biggest weakness is actually your ultimate #superpower?
If you look at The Incredible Hulk for instance, his anger and rage, which can be perceived as a flawed temper at first glance, give him superhuman strength. Or take Han Solo from Star Wars: His recklessness and outlaw behavior may seem rude at first and certainly brings him into trouble regularly...but at the end of the day, he's courageous and loyal and manages not only to get himself out of trouble, but also plays a crucial part in saving the world from the dark side.
What Do You Think Is Your One Biggest Flaw?
How can you turn it into your superpower? For me, it's my sensitivity. I'm emotional, introverted and empathetic. I get tired quickly, cry easily and make friends timidly. For many years, I tried to toughen up and suppress my sensitive nature, which only made me feel miserable and didn't lead anywhere. But I'm slowly learning to accept the gifts this trait brings with it: I'm able to get along with most people and appreciate them for who they are; my intuition is strong and guides me well; I see beauty and magic in the smallest details of every day life.
- Do you have a strong temper? Perhaps it just means that you're passionate about taking action and bringing more justice into the world.
- Do you get easily distracted? Perhaps you just have a very vivid imagination and achieve results you own way, thinking around corners, day dreaming and receiving flashes of inspiration.
- Do you feel like you're weird and don't fit in? Perhaps you're a natural leader, born to lead the way for your own tribe of unique like-minded people.
Once you've identified your own "biggest flaw" and the potential gifts in it, can you think back to an instance where this potential gift came out very strongly and saved the day?
Life Is What You Make It
It is important to remember that our most prominent character trait is what we make of it: If we suppress and demonize it, it will keep us small and lead us to make mistakes. But if we embrace it and learn to deal with it, it can become our biggest asset. In order to make the best of my sensitivity I've had to accumulate a large tool bag filled with exercises for emotional balance and stress management, energy healing tools, a diet and a routine that works for me, affirmations, daily Yoga sessions and daily creative expression.
What actions, rituals, knowledge, tools and exercises would be supportive of YOUR unique Superpowers? What is ONE THING you can do today that turns your biggest flaw into your ultimate Superpower?
One last thing: Learning to live in your superpower requires continuous work. It takes practice and commitment and it won't always be easy. And there will still be times when your inner demons get the best of you. Sometimes, you will curse the exact thing that makes you YOU. But remember that it's that vulnerability and that willingness to embrace ALL of yourself, the good, the bad and the ugly, that makes you lovable, endearing and ultimately powerful.