By the Power of Grayskull! Ahem…

The other day I was delivering a rousing end of course speech to my participants, when the words  “By the Power of Grayskull” left my lips! My audience laughed loudly,  assuming I was deliberately being amusing (laughter is a strong component amongst all the serious stuff in my work!)

But in all honesty I wasn’t. The words just crept up unbidden and popped out when I wasn’t looking! I was talking about not giving away one’s personal power and a trip switch took me backwards.

The Origin

Now you may know exactly where the phrase comes from but I couldn’t remember for the life of me and so had to Google it. In case you don’t know, it’s  from HE- MAN and the  masters of the Universe! (It’s obviously ironic…)

And somewhere in my brain it had lingered since the days I sat down to watch children’s TV with my kids, now 28 and 24! I had used the word ‘power‘ in relation to the women I was coaching and an old neural pathway had opened up in my brain!

Now, apart from me looking a tad bonkers, my verbal slip did no harm. But sometimes old ways of thinking can creep up on us which are harmful to us, which will deter us from following our goals, from being successful. You may think you have conquered that lack of confidence but suddenly something will flip the switch, and almost without us realising we are following a well trodden pathway and our old un-confident self emerges.

What was your last ‘Power of Grey Skulls’ moment?

PS I Googled ‘he man’ to find a picture to illustrate this post. It is astonishing how many grown ups have posted pictures of themselves in He Man costumes!! I spared you….


Posted on September 29th, 2010 by

2 Responses to “By the Power of Grayskull! Ahem…”

  1. Hi Jane,

    I love He-Man cartoons! 🙂

    Those words you mention may sound cheesy, but in a weird way, they can to their job and empower people. So, whatever works…

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