Have you noticed how much of our daily conversation involves heroics? Important things, like righting injustice in our present day or atrocities throughout human history, always require heroes made of uncommon metal. Dealing with possible threats to our futures can certainly require heroic action. Even minor things, like successfully balancing extreme demands on your time, can require what feels like superhuman strength. Regardless of the stakes, heroes are called on to “put it right” in almost every story. What happens in your life? Who are the heroes that show up and help you right the wrongs you are experiencing? This can be the year a new breed of hero shows up to save your day: The Real You.
3 Things to Know about a New Breed of Hero:
1. Heroes Go Positive
Last week, we talked about one choice that can make the biggest difference in your everyday life – a POSITIVE FOCUS. Where you focus has a major influence on the outcome of every situation. So it just makes sense that if you want positive outcomes, you must “go positive” and stay positive as often as possible.
But come on . . .
When trouble (of any kind) hits, who chooses a positive focus right away? Few of us can go positive without some help.
We all need a hero to come to the rescue — at least sometimes. And sometimes, there’s no one, except yourself. The good news is: You have the power to be a new breed of hero in your own life, as well as in the lives of those around you. Learn to come to the rescue with the correct use of your inner strengths.
2. Heroes Use Their Weapons Wisely
You have been wonderfully made. You are designed with innate strengths you were meant to use. When used properly, these inner strengths are the very super powers that can transform each day into a fulfilling life and the discovery of your purpose. When used incorrectly, these inner strengths can be like kryptonite, creating a wake of damage to yourself and/or others.
3. Heroes Need Faith and Friends
When was the last time you heard of a hero (or a fictitious superhero for that matter) that always went out to face evil alone? Let’s just say, almost NEVER. We are not designed to go it alone. Faith in something greater than ourselves and the friends to stand alongside you are two things every hero needs.
Help for the New Breed of Hero
Even those who must be the hero in their own lives need help. Making the hard choices required to put wrong things right will wear you out. Self-understanding is key. Understand your inner design (the Real You) and discover your inner strengths. It’s the best source of help available and it’s a great place to start learning more about the Real You – a New Breed of Hero in your own life and those you love.
More is coming about the heroic Real You next week. Until then, I’ll close with this quote from C.S. Lewis (one of my heroes):
“Since it is so likely that (children) will meet cruel enemies, let them at least have heard of brave knights and heroic courage. Otherwise you are making their destiny not brighter, but darker.”