In How to Find Your Best Possible Life, I wrote that you need to think out of the box to find your best possible life. You need to think about possible alternatives to your current life. If you don’t, you could be optimizing the wrong version of your life.
Here I’d like to dig deeper into how to think out of the box. That is, how do you think out of the box to live your best life?
I believe that a good way to do that is this: think about becoming the superhero version of yourself! This is something that I first learned from Level Up Your Life.
You see, when you watch superhero movies, there are usually two versions of the same person: the normal version and the superhero version. The normal version of Superman, for instance, is Clark Kent. With Spiderman, it’s Peter Parker. Most people around them only see the normal version. They have no idea that Clark Kent is Superman. For them, Clark Kent is just Clark Kent.
There is an interesting twist here: most people only see the normal version of themselves. They can’t see the superhero within them.
The first step, then, is to realize that there is a superhero version of you inside. You are not just your “normal” version. There is a “super” version of you inside and your job is to get it out!
How do you do that? Well, here are some tips on becoming the superhero version of yourself.
1. Think about what your “super” version would do.
If you were invincible, what would you do? What would you become? In other words, how would your life be when you reach your full potential?
Take time to think about it. Be free. Be creative.
2. Find the ideas that resonate with you.
From the ideas you get, which ones resonate with you? Which ones would be the most fulfilling when you achieve them? These are the ideas that you should focus on.
3. Think about a possible path to get there.
Now that you know what the superhero version of you would do, think about how to get there. What is a possible path? What are the milestones along the way?
Remember, it’s just a possible path; you can change it later. But you need to have an idea about how to get to your destination.
4. Build the necessary habits.
To go through the milestones, you need to act in a certain way consistently. That means you need to build the right habits. Your habits are the essential elements of becoming your “super” version.
5. Adjust along the way.
Things might not go as planned. You might encounter some obstacles or opportunities along the way. So you need to adjust accordingly. As Jeff Bezos said, “We are stubborn on vision. We are flexible on details.”
6. Live a dual life.
As you become the superhero version of yourself, there is no need to brag about it around. Let the people around see you as you’ve always been. Let them see just the “normal” version of you. This way you are free to become who you are without depending on their expectations or opinions.
You see, the world needs you to become the best version of yourself. You need to become the superhero you are. So think out of the box, build the right habits and live your best life.
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