I find every year after conference my mind is buzzing.* Maybe it’s a 2 am insight or a random thought. This year the superhero social made my mind buzz about strengths. Each one of us holds our superhero inside. What can you do to let your superhero strengths out?
First of all, do you know what your strengths are? After a bit of reflection, write them down. Only positives, throw out negative self talk. I know I am a goofy, funny geek that likes games, especially trivia. I do not fear looking ridiculous, hence my costume for the social.
You probably have strengths and power that you forgot or did not know about. Ask your friends or be daring and ask your trusted Facebook friends. Throw out negative responses. (Keep the trolls under their bridges.)
Next, what do you do with this list? Do you use your strengths in your classes or with the families you support? Play to your strengths. Be self-aware, so if something is not working, change it up. Sometimes my games do not work, so flexibility is a must.
Finally, have you developed a comfort level with what you do? Try to step out of your box. Do you have a friend that has a strength that you wish you had? What does that person do that you admire? Give it a try. Maybe your friend is a great public speaker but you feel like you can never do that. What has that person done to be great at speaking? Ask for help.
Superheroes in movies dodge bullets, fly, become invisible, and fight evil. Superheroes in real life do far greater things when their powers are harnessed. You may be a great writer, a great storyteller, a great listener, or a great caregiver. Let your superhero out.
*Side Note: there were 3 Super Uteri at the conference and one Wonder Womb. This is no surprise since the uterus is one of the strongest muscles in the human body.
My strengths are__________________.
Others say my best strengths are_____________________________.
I use them best when I_____________.
I admire these strengths in others__________________________.
Senior Program Advisor for Childbirth Education
Brenda has been a childbirth educator since 2003 and was a labor and delivery nurse before teaching childbirth classes. She has been a guest lecturer at the University of New York at Albany. In addition, she has mentored interns from the University through her local BirthNet group. Brenda enjoys training new childbirth educators and mentoring them through their journey. Brenda is married and has one son.