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How to be an Everyday Superhero

On March 8, 2011, in Coaching, Everyday Life, by Blake Alexander Hammerton

I’ve stated in my other blog that we could really use a hero. Even if it’s only a hero for our own desires, it would really bring the best out in the world. Batman did it for Gotham, Superman for Metropolis, and Wonder Woman – well, she was a heroin for every city the government sent her into. Rather than tout the benefits, albeit through illegal means, of a vigilante hero, I’m suggesting a different kind of hero or heroin. I’m suggesting the modern day hero get some attention.

Here’s the assignment:  Be a hero or heroin for the next 5 days.  Each day I invite you to flex your proverbial guns and make life better one-step-at-a-time. Starting Wednesday, make an effort to be the change you want to see in the world. – Thank you, Ghandi.  To get your super-minds primed, here are a few things that make a huge difference:

Acts of Kindness

For the next five days do things for others without questioning the WIIFM – What’s in it for me. It make cost you an additional 20 minutes in travel time, but still choose to go out of your way to pick up diapers, groceries, dinner, donuts (insert items here) for your coworkers, sibling, significant other, roommate, best-friend etc. Men often reduce the frequency of flowers and/or chocolate only on Valentine’s Day and her birthday, but are amazed how HUGE the impact is when they do it (even when it’s expected). Go out and grab a bouquet. Do it.

Bite The Bullet

For the next five days, stop complaining about things nobody wants to do but have to. Stop listening to the complaints. Take a deep breath, and get it done.  The 400 TPS reports have incorrect cover letters, huh? That’s a big endeavor to correct. It sounds like a job for.. exactly! Superman. After a long day of work, it’s nice to come home and relax, right? What if you promised the kids they could get ice cream for dessert, but you’re both too tired (maybe even crabby) to pack everyone back into the minivan and head to DQ? Take a deep breath, and remember that acts of kindness suggestion above. Go get ice cream with the kids. Get something for yourself too. Who doesn’t like ice cream for dessert?!

Acknowledge Others

Oh man, this is monumental. For the next five days open your eyes and notice people around you more. What are they doing well? What do you appreciate about who they are and/or what they’re doing? For the next five days, make it a daily (once in the morning, once in the afternoon) or more event to acknowledge someone for who they are, and what you appreciate in them.

“Sarah, you’re a beacon of integrity here. You tackle all of these accounts, handle assignments that really shouldn’t be your responsibility, and you never give it only half effort. I cannot tell you enough how much I personally, along with the rest of us, deeply appreciate who you are and what you bring to the table.”

Whoa! That’s a pretty powerful statement right there.  You might work in an environment where the last sentence may sound more like, “…how much we think you’re friggin’ awesome.” Either way, the key is to acknowledge other people for who they are.  It’s more than telling someone you like his laptop bag, or her blouse. It’s more than telling someone they’re a good worker. It’s recognizing and stating the values you appreciate in the other person. Practice.

When you appreciate another person for who he or she is, it makes an ordinary moment magical.  Take the time, for the next five days, to be a hero. Small steps are all it takes to make a very big difference.

What ways are you a hero/heroin in your life? Share your story in the comments below!



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