This last year was a challenging year. Everyone was presented with change of some sort. Yet the challenges presented, did not produce the same results in each person. How did you respond? Did you jump up and down and embrace change joyfully? Did you initially resist? Are you still resisting? Did you climb back into bed and pull the covers over your head? Did you shut down? Did you do a combination of those things…before embarking on your course of change?
The journey of the hero is one well documented throughout history. All heroes face difficulties and at times they want to quit. Although there may be many characters in the story called your life, we are all a part of a much bigger story. In your story, you are the main character…the hero. Mentors and traveling companions will join you on this journey, as well those who could be considered enemies. The journey won’t be easy, yet through adversity and trying situations the hero will survive. During this journey the hero is transformed, accomplishing what they call character development.
Heroes learn to believe that:
- Life is sooooo much bigger than me.
- Each individual has a responsibility to reach toward their best self.
- Each person has a circle of influence, for some that circle is bigger than others.
- Leadership comes from influence.
- Everyone has the potential to be a person of influence
- Becoming the best “ME” allows others to become the “best” of themselves.
- Each of us can make a difference.
- Making a difference happens with one small decision at a time.
- If not me, if I don’t step forward when presented with opportunity, then who?
During the journey the hero discovers powerful solutions and answers that if he has the courage to return, when he returns, hold the potential to transform/rescue his world. It was Joseph Campbell who was credited for bringing this attention to the Mythic and Archetypal principles embedded in the structure of stories. According to him:
For a human hero, it means achieving a balance between material and spiritual world. There is freedom to live and freedom from the fear of death. This is sometimes referred to as “living in the moment”.
From biography through fiction the hero’s journey captures our imagination and inspires us to dream. If someone were writing the story of your journey, where would you be? In the midst of adversity? Finding your mentor? Returning with the prize? Live a life worth reading about!