This weekend I’m heading to the World Domination Summit. It’s kind of a like a motivational camp for misfits, where the only thing that everyone has in common is that they don’t do things the common way. I’ll be meeting up with a group of my coaching colleagues — all of whom are more interested in nurturing the world than dominating it. :-) While I’m gone I thought you might like to take a gander at some vintage posts from last year’s summit. May ah-ha moments greet you soon!
What is Your Power Element?
In this vintage post from WDS 20122, Pam Slim riffed off of Avatar: The Last Airbender, in which characters have the power to “bend” or control one of four forces: Water, Earth, Air or Fire. Here is Pam’s take on the characteristics of each of the Elements. Can you identify yours?
Waterbenders are unassuming and sometimes quiet. Like water which spreads across most of the surface of the earth, water benders have great power and capacity, but we often overlook them. Their skills aren’t often showy, and they are rarely on the mainstage. Without their presence it’s difficult to create sustainability. When you are with a waterbender you feel protected. (I think the buoyant, behind the scenes, problem-solving Jolie Guillebeau is a waterbender. I was also left wondering, “How can we honor the skills of the waterbender in the WDS community?”)
Earthbenders are anchored and grounded. They are the kind of person who says “Emergency? This isn’t an emergency. Stay calm.” They ground you when you are in a state of panic. Slow and steady wins the earth bender’s race. When you are with an earthbender you breathe deeper and feel less anxious. (I’d venture to say Pam Slim has a lot of earthbender in her.)
Airbenders live in a place that floats a little above the earth. These are the mystics and the sages amongst us. They are skilled at communicating with and about the spiritual plane. When you are with an airbender you feel connected with something beyond yourself. (WDS presenter Mark Silver of The Heart of Business is an airbender.)
Firebenders work with healing forces. They make repairs deep at the core. While sometimes fiery in style, they can also present with the cool control that is necessary for working with “hot” issues. When you are with them you feel your wounds starting to close. (Danielle LaPorte of White Hot Truth is a classic fire bender as is Jen Lemen of Mondo Beyondo. Both were WDS presenters.)
Identifying your primary Element will help you play to your strengths. You’ll also be able to see what elements are a bit thin in your life. This allows you to create a personal team that represents each of the forces. (I need more waterbenders right now on Team Rachelle.)
What about you? What’s your primary Element? Which Elements are present in those who are closest to you? Which element are you hungry for?