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Use Your Superpower… Initiative!

October 15, 2014

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by Becky Lunders, teamWorks

I love Halloween and dressing up in costume. It’s a chance to be anyone or anything you want to be. A quick trip to the local Halloween shop reveals that superhero costumes are once again very popular. That brings me to the one superpower I wish everyone had – initiative!

I think initiative is like a superpower. It allows people to get things done, and done quickly. It propels people forward at a rate that bystanders can’t understand. It dances under the cover that “things just get done,” when really someone, somewhere decided to jump in and make it happen. Yet the majority of people don’t use their initiative! In fact, many don’t realize they have it.

I see it with kids. Most will walk past a piece of garbage on the playground figuring someone else will pick it up. I see it with volunteers. While they know there is work to be done, many will sit around and wait until someone gives them clear, step-by-step instructions. I see it in adults. They get in a rut – at work, at the gym, in their relationship. Most wait for someone to get them out of the situation, instead of just grabbing the bull by the horns and making things happen.

Those with initiative look like real-life superheroes. They exhibit leadership skills.
Others follow their lead. They get things done before most even realize what needs to be done. People who have initiative (strike that – people who USE their initiative!) have the confidence to make things happen. They take risks. They put themselves out there and produce results. Let’s be more like Superman. Apply that superpower of initiative, people!

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