Discover Your Strengths, Social Currencies, and Superpower
This video is a breakdown of the rest of the Superpower Model. The Superpower Model is the first worksheet in the superpower worksheet packet. The first step was finding your values, now we move on to filling out the rest of the worksheet and finding your superpower!
Finding Your Top 5 Strengths
Determining your strengths might be the easiest part of the Superpower Model because someone else is going to tell you what they are. All you have to do is take a simple assessment. We recommend one of two tests: the Clifton StrengthsFinder Assessment (paid) and the High5 Test (free). Either one is good, and they are both available online. The StrengthsFinder test will send you a report, but the High5 test will not, so make sure to take a screen shot of your strengths and the definitions so you have them for your own notes and for the worksheet.
Your Social Currencies
Your social currencies typically rest at the intersection of your values and strengths, so there are clues to be had in the descriptions of your strengths and your values. As you read the descriptions, you might find yourself nodding your head vigorously, saying, “I so do that.” If that happens, you may have found a social currency. Your social currencies are what you bring to the table in your interactions with the world; they are what you trade upon out in the world - the gifts others receive from interacting with you.
To discover your social currency, examine how your strengths and values interact to provide value to others. For instance, one of my social currencies is making the complex seem simple. This social currency is rooted in the values of wisdom, effectiveness and authenticity, and in the strengths of learner, strategic and ideation (from Clifton Strengthsfinder). Simplifying the complex is a natural part of who I am.
With social currencies in hand (and written on your Superpower Model Worksheet), it is now time to discover your superpower!
Find Your Superpower
Your Superpower is where you bring it all together. Values, strengths, and social currencies all intersect to create the one thing you can do like nobody else: your Superpower. It can be a challenge to pin down, because we do so many things well. Also, our superpower is a secret we have been keeping from ourselves. Converting your values and strengths into your social currencies is the key that unlocks that secret, revealing that one thing that is uniquely you. It is the sweet spot in the middle of all the amazing things that you are and care about.
My Superpower is, "Connecting unseen or hidden patterns to facilitate transformation." It is short and simple, and is the sweet spot right in the middle of all that I am. Your superpower doesn't have to tie in to all of your values or strengths and it should be a reflection of what it is you love to do and what you are best at.
Poet David Whyte said that “the forces and tides that make up your life will never appear again.” The same is true of your Superpower. No one has the same combination of experiences, values, strengths, and social currencies as you. So why not shine bright? Own that Superpower so you can live your best life.
After all, your cape awaits!
P.S. Congrats! You found your Superpower! Now wasn't that just peachy? Discovering my superpower took me nearly 50 years so you are way ahead in the game. Your journey doesn't stop here though. Now it's time to step into your Superpowerful life fully! Check out Grow Yourself on the Superpower System page to learn more about how to do just that!
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