Wonder Woman Only Lives In Comic Books: Tips to Maximize Your Not-So Super Human Powers
By Amaris Johnson
During a recent conference keynote speaker Amy K Hutchens, made a fleeting joke to make a larger point, stating “Wonder Woman Only Lives In Comic Books”. For me it was an instantaneous “Aha Moment” and articulated a single phrase that encapsulated many of the concepts I have been sharing with mentees and other women over the last few years.
Since making her grand debut in 1941 Wonder Woman has captivated girls across generations. As a young girl, I too was fascinated by the beauty, self-confidence and girl-power she projected. My parents indulged my fascination and I was outfitted with a Wonder Woman lunchbox, Halloween costume and allowed to watch her syndicated shows. In my eight year old eyes, I too was Wonder Woman, fearless, bold, brave and could do anything with the aid of my super-human powers.
Fast forward ten years to the age of 18 and I quickly realized the superpower I longed for was not coming to help balance homework, extracurricular activities, applying for college and the small semblance of a social-calendar. My powers were limited to self-energy without the aid of magic bracelets, boomerang tiaras or the gift of human flight.
The official DC Comic Wonder Woman website describes her as, “The most famous heroine of all time. The full package of beauty, brains, and brawn; a feminist icon since her debut. Her Super Powers are listed as super human strength, speed, invulnerability, flight, combat skills, superhuman agility, healing factor, durability and longevity.
Even the alter ego of Wonder Woman, Diana Prince, which is more resembling of an “everyday” woman perpetuates the concept of I can do it all as demonstrated by her numerous careers including Army nurse, military intelligence officer, businesswoman, astronaut and staff member at the United Nations.
No wonder so many women feel overwhelmed and under accomplished in their daily goals. For many of us the standard is to live up to the unrealistic expectations set forth by the mythical comic book character Wonder Woman.
Like many women, I had become the master of creating elaborate well organized “to-do” list. At the end of the day no matter how many check marks of completion are on this ever growing list many never escape the feeling of not feeling accomplished. Personally, I would lay in bed at night mentally adding more to the list, questioning how I prioritized my day.
One day while indulging in my favorite past time, college football, the sports commentator made mention of the Power Five athletic conferences. For those a little less astute in the structure of college football, the Power Five conferences are generally regarded as those with the best teams in the country. After hearing this, I began to ask what are my “personal power-five”. I quickly realized there was connectivity between my uncompleted task, my wonder woman mentality and the concept of the Power Five. The incomplete items on my to do-list that most exposed my inability to live up to my Wonder Woman expectations fell into five broad categories: Faith, Family, Fitness, Finances and Future. These five areas would transform into what I now refer to as my Personal Power Five (PP5). This keen focus on PP5 would help elevate me to the best me.
I have reluctantly come to the conclusion that my time will forever be limited to 24/7 and not the 27/7 I desire. We typically allocate eight hours per day for career work, eight hours for sleep and the remaining eight hours to accomplish the number of things on our ever-growing to-do list.
Unlike my childhood hero Wonder Woman, I was not built to be invincible, save the world nor look like a supermodel in my attempt to have it all. With the introduction of my Personal Power Five I now accomplish at least one thing on my to-do list per day in the aforementioned areas. For example a typical PP5 day includes:
Faith: 30 minutes for Prayer, Meditation, Reflection, etc.
Fitness: 30 minutes of exercise
Family: 15 minutes making a personal reconnection
Future: 30 minutes self-improvement that are aligned with future goals
Finances: 15 minutes personal financial education and growth
The implementation of the Personal Power Five has helped subdue the overwhelming feeling of daily underachievement. I now have the balance I was desperately seeking. The remainder of my list could now be organized into what many call crystal ball priorities and bouncy ball priorities. My A –List priorities are crystal balls, if dropped, they can never be restored. In contrast my B-List priorities are bouncy balls, if dropped they live to bounce another day. While I often play musical chairs on what becomes a crystal ball and bouncy ball, the implementation of the PP5 has helped remedy the tremendous amount of stress and pressure I was placing on myself. I no longer feel like I have to be “Wonder Woman” and make it all happen with my non-super human powers. While I don’t wear red thigh-high boots, I do favor my red stiletto pumps and just like Wonder Woman I plan to walk my path with a tremendous amount of fierceness, self-confidence and kick-azz winning attitude!
So while she will always be my ultimate warrior and favorite superhero, I no longer try to live up to her mythical prowess. Instead I am throwing my human powers into be an amazingly Wonderful Woman, maximizing my efforts through my Personal Power Five!
About the Author:
Amaris L . Johnson is an accomplished business professional with 10+ years of experience working for Fortune 100 companies. She works in the capacity of District Operations Manager with Eaton Corporation. Her responsibilities include leading an experienced team of power and energy engineers that provide life cycle support to our customers power distribution systems. Before joining Eaton in 2015, Amaris spent 10 years with GE in a diversity of roles, including B2B Sales and Business Development. Her account portfolios ranged from $12M to $40M in annual sales. Amaris varied background in sales, business development and operations provided a solid foundation for a role now focused in operations for a $10M portfolio. In 2016, tED Magazine, selected Amaris as one of the Top 30 Under 35 Rising Stars in the Electrical Industry. She is a magna cum laude graduate from Tennessee State University (TSU) B.B.A and earned her MBA from the University of Florida (UF). Amaris holds a Green Belt Certification in Six Sigma Methodology. She serves as a member of the TSU, College of Business Alumni Board of Directors and UF MBA Alumni Board of Directors. Previous Board appointments include the Gadsden County Community and Economic Development Organization from 2009-2014. When asked, about some of her guiding philosophy towards business and managing a team , Amaris reflects on the old African proverb “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” She encourages her teams and peers to refocus their time and energy on what we can control so together we can all go far!
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