Batman. You might not think he has anything to do with Fullistics, but actually, he’s a great example of how to multiply your energy for your own and others’ wellbeing. Consider:
Batman has two distinct personas, and he understands that both are merely roles he plays because he chooses to. Many of us play multiple roles, but we tend to think about one when we’re doing the other. For instance, how often do you think about what you have to do at home when you’re at work, and how often do you think about or do work when you’re home?
Not Batman. When he’s Bruce Wayne, he’s a philanthropist and active socialite. As Batman, he’s a crime fighter. One persona is gentle and genteel. The other is brave and undaunted. One is understated; the other is bold. There has never been an example of Batman lamenting, “I wish Alfred had stirred my martini instead of shaken it” when he’s fighting the Joker, or of him complaining about how he had a hard day of crime fighting when he’s sitting at a charity dinner.
If Batman is in his Bruce Wayne persona and trouble strikes, he simply abandons that role and shifts into the other one. No resistance. He not only changes clothes and cars; he changes his focus and his mindset. One minute, he’s Bruce Wayne. The next, he’s Batman. He engages the moment fully, to his own and everyone else’s benefit.
Not most of us. We like to stew about what’s happened or worry about what hasn’t. Can you imagine Batman saying: “I was out partying last night; I don’t really feel like answering that Bat call because I need more coffee before I scale that building”?
Batman is very clear about what he values, which makes it easy for him to know when to act and when not to. As Bruce Wayne, he’s a socialite and philanthropist. He values women, wine and wonderful causes that help build his community. As Batman, he fights anyone or anything that threatens the wellbeing of that community. He’s not a bully in disguise; he fights for justice, to set the balance back to right when someone or something has been wronged.
Most of us are not completely clear about what we value. Even if we are, we don’t always walk the talk. We may say we value family, but then prioritize work over our child’s soccer game. We send checks to our favorite charities, but are uncharitable to our coworkers when they do something that annoys us. Our cupboards overflow at home, but when we open them, we say, “There’s nothing to eat in this house!” By thinking or saying one thing and doing another, we block or diminish the energies of both giving and receiving. Not Batman. His behavior is completely consistent with his values.
Batman has trained himself for the roles he plays. He could have squandered the fortune his parents left him, but he doesn’t. He is a responsible CEO who keeps Wayne Enterprises profitable, and trained himself both physically and mentally to be in top form as a crime fighter. Many of us are highly educated and experienced, but we tend to think that there’s something more we need to be or have before we can do anything truly important.
Batman doesn’t whine because he lacks superpowers. He relies on intellect, physical prowess, martial arts abilities, detective skills, science, technology, wealth, intimidation and uncrushable will. And when those are not enough, he calls upon his pals in the Justice League of America to help. He also embraces the constant support of his sidekick Robin and his butler Alfred.
Most of us are not aware of the potential of our many capabilities. And if we are, we may use them independently of others, rejecting their help or admitting our vulnerabilities.
Granted, Batman does not have two screaming kids at home, a mortgage, a boss or challenges with his business. As Bruce Wayne, he’s completely unencumbered, which allows him the freedom to fight crime when and how he wants. He doesn’t have to abide by the rules of the road, or any rules, for that matter. Then again, most of us don’t have the burden of fighting villains who are trying to kill us or destroy our communities.
Still, there are Fullistic lessons to be learned from him that can help us fight the mental “criminals” that steal our energy flow every day. Consider what Batman might ask you:
-How do you define yourself?
-Do you fully engage the resources you have at hand?
-Where do you see the need to rebalance what is not right in your world? Do you just complain, or do you take action?
-What training have you had? What have you studied or practiced that gives you confidence and power? How could you use that you could use to serve others?
-Who do you trust? Who supports you? Do you have a “super team” that shares your values and has skills that complement yours? Do you let them help you, or keep them at bay?
-What parts of your personality serve you and others well?
-What are the limits of your endurance? When are they tested?
You may never be Batman, but you can make decisions that help you get greater satisfaction from the roles you play and maximize your personal power.
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