10 Superhero Traits for an Unstoppable 2015

With years of incomplete resolutions, it can be scary to create a new resolution for 2015. Luckily, we’ve got some superhero role models to help us improve our lives day by day. Check out the ideas below to learn how you can improve your year with a little help from superheroes.

1. Superheroes are fit.

Maybe it’s something in the water at those labs, but superheroes are some of the fittest cartoon characters we’ve seen. Looking that good is an admirable goal, and one many people hope to achieve in their New Year’s resolutions. But ‘losing weight’ is not only one of the most commonly made New Year’s resolutions,  it’s also one of the most commonly broken. Come on – were you really that surprised? Next year, barring any major health issues, resolve instead to ‘get healthy,’ whatever that might mean to you. Sure, this might include losing weight, but it could also mean the following:

2. Superheroes are brooding.

As previously mentioned, superheroes tend to be super-depressed. And frankly, that’s not at all surprising. Superheroes throw the weight of the world on their shoulders and they rarely have any friends. (Sorry, JARVIS and Albert don’t count.) This year, keep your mood upbeat with the following resolutions:
  • Make a new friend a month.
  • Walk outside at least once a day. The natural light will do you good.
  • Stop striving to be perfect, and get outside and play.
  • Say “thank you” when somebody compliments you.
  • Find your ‘song of the year,’ and dance whenever you hear it. It’s guaranteed to lift your spirits.
  • Nurture any negative feelings, but then move on.

3. Superheroes commit.

If a superhero says he’ll do something, he’ll do it. Sometimes, that means putting his own life in terrible danger, like when Iron Man literally traveled into space to rid the world of a nuclear weapon. Yet most of us are so overwhelmed by commitment we can’t even agree where we’ll be on Friday night. This year, try the following:
  • Finish an old New Year’s resolution.
  • Be on time.
  • Leave your cell phone at home for a weekend – you’ll be amazed how much more you appreciate punctuality.
  • Make a plan to complete this New Year’s resolution.
  • Commit to one new thing each day, then do it.

4. Superheroes are always striving to be better.

We absolutely think you’re an awesome person – but you’re certainly not perfect. Many of us accept our lives as they are and so don’t create New Year’s resolutions. Not superheroes, who are never satisfied with less than their best. There’s some problem with that, too, if you push yourself too hard. So if you’re more accomplished at the end of 2015 than at the end of 2014, then consider yourself successful. Try the following:
  • Make a New Year’s resolution at all. This is Step 1!
  • Learn a skill you always wanted to as child.
  • Ask your close friends your biggest flaw and take steps to improve it.
  • Use Quora for some great doses of life advice, like these.

5. Superheroes pay attention.

Superheroes are often surrounded by calamity. Sometimes they go looking for trouble (see next point), while oftentimes it falls into their lap. But the only reason it falls into their lap is because they were paying attention – and we often aren’t. We’re so obsessed with our smartphones that we forget to notice the world and the people who matter in it.  This year, pay attention to your surroundings. This could be as simple and as big as the following:
    • Stop using your cell phone as you walk.
    • If you’re talking to someone in the next room, get up and talk to them instead of IM-ing or texting.
    • Spend a week without using your smartphone.
    • Stop using your phone while out with your loved ones.
    • Learn to listen properly.

6. Superheroes look for trouble.

Superheroes are a lot of things, but they’re never bored. In fact, they go far out of their way to add some trouble to their lives. While we certainly don’t advocate endangering your own safety, we think your life could probably use a little ‘trouble’ of its own – by which we mean there are fun ways to make your life more exciting. Try the following to make your usual unusual:

      • Try a new food each week.
      • Make your own birthday cards instead of buying them at the store.
      • Skip your local watering hole and try a new bar.
      • Take a new class – how’s cooking or painting?

7. Superheroes have world-class technology.

Superheroes don’t waste time on technology that isn’t as high-performing as they are. So why should you? You might not have access to the TARDIS, but you should love and use your own items just as much. Make sure your SuperheroHQ is conducive to your superhero life with the following tips:

      • Try a minimalism challenge.
      • Make your yearly organizing spree a monthly clean-out.
      • Pay for each purchase in cash.
      • Wait a few days before buying any non-necessities.

8.  Superheroes have great teams.

As our founder Jim Kwik wrote in this article, “superheroes build strong networks of people they can trust and who compensate for their weaknesses.” Work on that superhero team this year with these tips:

      • Reach out to someone who could use you as a role model.
      • Find a mentor.
      • Re-evaluate your relationships. Invest in the ones that matter, and cut out the ones you don’t deserve.
      • Call your parents every day.
      • Spend more time with your friends and family.
9. Superheroes make a difference.

It’s one thing to care about an issue, but it’s entirely another to go out and do something about it. Yes, we all lead busy lives. But as a real-life superheroes, it’s essential that you don’t let your busy-ness overwhelm the bigger issues that matter. This year, pick one cause you’re passionate about and do a little more than social media activism. Try the following:
  • Go to a protest.
  • Sign a petition.
  • Donate money.
  • Vote for politicians whose views align with your own.
  • Volunteer.

10. Superheroes are local.

Have you ever noticed that most superheroes tend to be solving crime in their home city? Most New Year’s resolutions lists encourage you to travel, and we’re all for that. But one of the greatest benefits of travel is meeting people with experiences wildly different from your own – and there are probably people like that living within a few blocks from you. If you live in a big city, introducing yourself to your neighbors or chatting up the people at your local coffee shop seems seem terrifying. But becoming a fixture in your local scene can reap untold benefits. Try these:

  • Become well-known at a local restaurant or store.
  • Send a “Happy New Year” card to your neighbors.
  • Say hi to that person you always see on the street.
  • Go to a town hall meeting. You’ll meet your neighbors and will learn about issues you’ve never considered before, too.

What is your New Year’s resolution? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook or Tweet us @SuperheroYou!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Photo Credit: Cord Woodruff via Compfight cc

With years of incomplete resolutions, it can be scary to create a new resolution for 2015. Luckily, we’ve got some superhero role models to help us improve our lives day by day. Check out the ideas below to learn how you can improve your year with a little help from superheroes.

1. Superheroes are fit.

Maybe it’s something in the water at those labs, but superheroes are some of the fittest cartoon characters we’ve seen. Looking that good is an admirable goal, and one many people hope to achieve in their New Year’s resolutions. But ‘losing weight’ is not only one of the most commonly made New Year’s resolutions,  it’s also one of the most commonly broken. Come on – were you really that surprised? Next year, barring any major health issues, resolve instead to ‘get healthy,’ whatever that might mean to you. Sure, this might include losing weight, but it could also mean the following:

2. Superheroes are brooding.

As previously mentioned, superheroes tend to be super-depressed. And frankly, that’s not at all surprising. Superheroes throw the weight of the world on their shoulders and they rarely have any friends. (Sorry, JARVIS and Albert don’t count.) This year, keep your mood upbeat with the following resolutions:
  • Make a new friend a month.
  • Walk outside at least once a day. The natural light will do you good.
  • Stop striving to be perfect, and get outside and play.
  • Say “thank you” when somebody compliments you.
  • Find your ‘song of the year,’ and dance whenever you hear it. It’s guaranteed to lift your spirits.
  • Nurture any negative feelings, but then move on.

3. Superheroes commit.

If a superhero says he’ll do something, he’ll do it. Sometimes, that means putting his own life in terrible danger, like when Iron Man literally traveled into space to rid the world of a nuclear weapon. Yet most of us are so overwhelmed by commitment we can’t even agree where we’ll be on Friday night. This year, try the following:
  • Finish an old New Year’s resolution.
  • Be on time.
  • Leave your cell phone at home for a weekend – you’ll be amazed how much more you appreciate punctuality.
  • Make a plan to complete this New Year’s resolution.
  • Commit to one new thing each day, then do it.

4. Superheroes are always striving to be better.

We absolutely think you’re an awesome person – but you’re certainly not perfect. Many of us accept our lives as they are and so don’t create New Year’s resolutions. Not superheroes, who are never satisfied with less than their best. There’s some problem with that, too, if you push yourself too hard. So if you’re more accomplished at the end of 2015 than at the end of 2014, then consider yourself successful. Try the following:
  • Make a New Year’s resolution at all. This is Step 1!
  • Learn a skill you always wanted to as child.
  • Ask your close friends your biggest flaw and take steps to improve it.
  • Use Quora for some great doses of life advice, like these.

5. Superheroes pay attention.

Superheroes are often surrounded by calamity. Sometimes they go looking for trouble (see next point), while oftentimes it falls into their lap. But the only reason it falls into their lap is because they were paying attention – and we often aren’t. We’re so obsessed with our smartphones that we forget to notice the world and the people who matter in it.  This year, pay attention to your surroundings. This could be as simple and as big as the following:
    • Stop using your cell phone as you walk.
    • If you’re talking to someone in the next room, get up and talk to them instead of IM-ing or texting.
    • Spend a week without using your smartphone.
    • Stop using your phone while out with your loved ones.
    • Learn to listen properly.

6. Superheroes look for trouble.

Superheroes are a lot of things, but they’re never bored. In fact, they go far out of their way to add some trouble to their lives. While we certainly don’t advocate endangering your own safety, we think your life could probably use a little ‘trouble’ of its own – by which we mean there are fun ways to make your life more exciting. Try the following to make your usual unusual:

      • Try a new food each week.
      • Make your own birthday cards instead of buying them at the store.
      • Skip your local watering hole and try a new bar.
      • Take a new class – how’s cooking or painting?

7. Superheroes have world-class technology.

Superheroes don’t waste time on technology that isn’t as high-performing as they are. So why should you? You might not have access to the TARDIS, but you should love and use your own items just as much. Make sure your SuperheroHQ is conducive to your superhero life with the following tips:

      • Try a minimalism challenge.
      • Make your yearly organizing spree a monthly clean-out.
      • Pay for each purchase in cash.
      • Wait a few days before buying any non-necessities.

8.  Superheroes have great teams.

As our founder Jim Kwik wrote in this article, “superheroes build strong networks of people they can trust and who compensate for their weaknesses.” Work on that superhero team this year with these tips:

      • Reach out to someone who could use you as a role model.
      • Find a mentor.
      • Re-evaluate your relationships. Invest in the ones that matter, and cut out the ones you don’t deserve.
      • Call your parents every day.
      • Spend more time with your friends and family.
9. Superheroes make a difference.

It’s one thing to care about an issue, but it’s entirely another to go out and do something about it. Yes, we all lead busy lives. But as a real-life superheroes, it’s essential that you don’t let your busy-ness overwhelm the bigger issues that matter. This year, pick one cause you’re passionate about and do a little more than social media activism. Try the following:
  • Go to a protest.
  • Sign a petition.
  • Donate money.
  • Vote for politicians whose views align with your own.
  • Volunteer.

10. Superheroes are local.

Have you ever noticed that most superheroes tend to be solving crime in their home city? Most New Year’s resolutions lists encourage you to travel, and we’re all for that. But one of the greatest benefits of travel is meeting people with experiences wildly different from your own – and there are probably people like that living within a few blocks from you. If you live in a big city, introducing yourself to your neighbors or chatting up the people at your local coffee shop seems seem terrifying. But becoming a fixture in your local scene can reap untold benefits. Try these:

  • Become well-known at a local restaurant or store.
  • Send a “Happy New Year” card to your neighbors.
  • Say hi to that person you always see on the street.
  • Go to a town hall meeting. You’ll meet your neighbors and will learn about issues you’ve never considered before, too.

What is your New Year’s resolution? Let us know in the comments, on Facebook or Tweet us @SuperheroYou!

Written by Sasha Graffagna

Photo Credit: Cord Woodruff via Compfight cc

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