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Marvel announced that the next Thor, God of Thunder, will be a woman.

Marvel announced that the next Thor, God of Thunder, will be a woman.

The Power of Perception

per·cep·tion [per-sep-shuhn]  noun

1. the act or faculty of perceiving, or apprehending by means of the
senses or of the mind; cognition; understanding.

2. immediate or intuitive recognition or appreciation, as of moral,
psychological, or aesthetic qualities; insight; intuition; discernment:
an artist of rare perception.

3. the result or product of perceiving, as distinguished from the act
of perceiving; percept.

4. Psychology. a single unified awareness derived from sensory
processes while a stimulus is present.

When we were children, it seemed daunting to wear “big kid” underwear instead of diapers. I remember my little brother being so contrite and assuring my Mom, “Next time, Mommy, next time.” It was, of course, hallelujah-worthy when he was finally potty-trained. He’s in his forties now, and I don’t compliment him anymore about using the restroom all by himself. That would be weird.

I have a clear memory of how difficult tying my own shoes used to be for me. Using the “rabbit in the hole” technique helped a little bit, but I’m sure one of my frown lines got it’s start mastering shoelaces. I could never have imagined that I would, someday, have the amazing ability to tie my shoes while talking on the phone and not even looking. I take it for granted now that I’m in my 50’s—I don’t even look for praise for doing it.

Jump into the way-back machine when you were just starting out in business. What things seemed impossible? What things were easy? What things can you do automatically now, that used to be hard?

Things you do now— automatically—that allow you to accomplish what you do at work—or at home—those are simply one articulation of your superpowers. Underneath those “skills” are your true superpowers: things like understanding, insight, intuition, discernment.

How will you wield them next?

Will you be wearing a cape and carrying a hammer?

 

Make your presence felt.

 

p.s. Don’t be put off by being “the only one” of something. Mary Jo White is the first and only woman in 200 years to serve as a U.S. Attorney in Manhattan. Come to think of it, she did wear a robe and carry a gavel…

 

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