Francesca Sipma is the founder and CEO of masterycreator of HypnoBreathwork®, and international speaker.
Passion, focus, motivation, drive, confidence, charisma and even fearlessness— everyone has a different answer to the coveted superpowers of entrepreneurs. Every successful founder is examined; every young CEO is analysed. Leadership courses and business books will give you different answers.
In reality, the real superpowers for entrepreneurs are less sexy, but even more valuable: self-awareness, emotional regulation and, most importantly, intuition.
Why self-awareness and emotional regulation?
As a leader, you need to be aware of when you’re not staying open and collaborative, and also when you’re projecting your management style or fair manner.
Self awareness refers to your ability to see yourself clearly and objectively. Self-awareness can affect your decisions, as well as the bottom line. “Companies with higher returns on inventory also have employees with fewer personal blind spots,” said Research by Korn Ferry. Nevertheless, I find that self-awareness is scarce.
Emotional regulation can give you the ability to recognize and understand your emotions and those of others. You can then use that knowledge to manage your behavior and your relationships. This is an absolute necessity for leaders. With all the different obstacles and challenges on the very non-linear journey of entrepreneurship, we need the ability to find a baseline within ourselves and not operate from a triggered or overly emotional place.
Intuition is a deep sense of knowing that is not accessible from your logical or analytical mind. It is a voice that lives within you. It may seem illogical and unexpected, but I believe it always has a higher plan than what you can see from your bird’s eye view. It ensures efficient and effective movement – no overanalysis or doubt. When you use your intuition, you simply take action for solutions that your gut took half a second to reveal.
To hear your intuition, your job is to still the mind, tune in, listen, and take action based on those nudges of guidance. It is a muscle that is built, cannot be duplicated and is often the source of invention and innovation. The more you act on your intuition, the stronger, louder and clearer it becomes. Strong intuition allows you to bypass the analysis of everyday indecision. For example, my intuition eventually took me on a one-year spiritual sabbatical. It seemed irrational at first, but it was the reset I needed to come back as a stronger coach, entrepreneur and CEO.
How can you hone these superpowers?
1. Practice breathwork.
As a coach who specializes in breathwork, I’ve found that practicing breathwork can help you achieve all three superpowers. When you are triggered, a difficult situation arises, an employee drops out or a new competitor enters the market, you can use your breath to find new, more comprehensive and more intuitive solutions. Work to get to the root of why you’re experiencing an unwanted reaction, and give yourself time to respond in a more attuned and clear way. Instead of operating from a place of fear or ego, you can operate from an attuned, calm and collaborative place.
You can also take this time to come up with creative solutions, as well as to solve problems and tap into your higher consciousness. Then you can ensure that you are always emotionally regulated and operate from a centered and grounded place while leading your team. Although it is not always easy, by going back to this baseline, you can lead and inspire more powerfully.
Try to cleanse the house of the anger, fear, self-doubt, judgment and other skeletons that may be oppressing you. Use breathwork to realign with your truth and our intuition – beyond the challenge and into a new solution. There are several styles of breathwork that can be accessed with a Google or YouTube search, and you can try incorporating 20 minutes of breathwork into your day.
2. Practice meditation and visualization.
Another important tactic to sharpen your intuition is meditation and visualization. Take time to be still, pause your emotional responses, and tune in to your body. Imagine different scenarios and desired results. In my experience, when you do this, you can get clues and pointers in the right direction.
Self-awareness, emotional regulation, and intuition can help you make quick, aligned, and confident decisions. This creates tremendous momentum, energy and alignment. Magic comes when you take intuitive action. Where people fall short is their consistency and immediacy. That hesitation can significantly alter the trajectory of your path — or at least take a lot longer to get there.
It is important to note that the intuitive path is not the easier or linear path. It is the one for your highest good and the highest good for all. It may not give you exactly what you want when you want it, but it will take you through unexpected twists and turns that could have a bigger impact than you could have imagined. That’s a superpower.