“There is a superhero in all of us, we just need the courage to put on the cape”.
Who knew saving the world would be so tough? Note: I’m enjoying every minute of it!
My current Walk into the Future allows me maximum flexibility on projects I decide to tackle. Leveraging my why daily provides a foundation to ensure I’m getting things done the right way.
Got a request to help a local high school student find renewed focus and create a schedule to enhance academic success. I never ventured towards this demographic since my work with college students and experienced professionals fits my areas of interest. I didn’t accept the request initially because I didn’t see how I could help. My excuses were:
- Not familiar with high school curriculum
- Two parent home provides enough guidance
- Why would a high school student listen to me and not parents?
- My personal bias towards education
- Not invested in this process
Well, once I got out of my own way and viewed this as another opportunity to help someone succeed regardless of grade level, the obvious choice was to put on my cape and shiny boots and get down to what true superheroes do—save the world! 😊
Decided to leverage the MBTI with my new tree branch and parents to determine a communication pattern in the household. The MBTIs were extremely close, and this gave me additional information to begin our meeting. Discussed the implications of the MBTI results and how we could leverage this information to create an action plan for success.
Next, we discussed ways to bring a more organized approach to studying and getting assignments completed. I thought this would have been an area that would create a level of resistance but was pleasantly surprised with the overall buy-in. I didn’t create the organizational approach but suggested some things I thought would work; consistent study times, area, length and scheduled breaks. I let the family discuss and recorded highlights so we could follow-up; wanted to ensure the family took responsibility for the learning outcomes with me serving as their resident superhero (guide).
We were able to create a study schedule with predetermined breaks and a stated commitment from everyone to abide by this schedule. Adjustments can be made as needed, but we need a consistent team effort to make this work for everyone. Again, they agreed to the parameters and we moved forward as a unified group.
The commitment was further verified when they ask me when they should follow-up with me for a progress report. I wasn’t going to push this aspect but believe this shows a new level of progress and willingness to put the work in for success. We agreed to have follow-up sessions in two-week increments based on assignment due dates. The follow-up sessions allow us to adjust as needed or provide an opportunity to praise progress.
“Life doesn’t give us purpose. We give life purpose”.
Happy to report this process allowed me to stay true to my why: to impact people in a positive way to leave them better than when I found them.
Doesn’t really matter if it’s a high school student, experienced professional or a random person on the street. Superheroes save the world regardless of how hard it may seem.
“You don’t need to be strong like a superhero, you just need to be better than yesterday”.
Okay, enough superhero talk—need to take this cape off and my boots are hurting me feet! Tomorrow’s another day! 😊
Who can you be a superhero to today? What would stop you from helping?