Awaken Your Inner Hero (1 of 2)
As a society, we always seem to be searching for a hero.
We need someone to look up to.
We seek others to inspire, guide and lead us.
In my interview with Simon Sinek, he says,
“As social animals, we need and seek leadership. We cannot live without leaders. We are naturally hierarchical. We’re always looking to someone like a child looks to a parent for protection. We look for them for guidance and direction, to point a way, to give us something to belong to.”
From our seats as spectators, we admire our leaders’ and heroes’ great confidence, strength and fortitude of character to do the right thing when huge challenges arise.
But what if your hero wasn’t out there?
What if your hero was inside you?
What if the hero you’re looking for is the person you can be if you live up to your heroic potential?
What if the hero you’re looking for is the person
you can be if you live up to your heroic potential?
That is what we are going to focus on in this two-part series.
I want to prod, poke and awaken the slumbering hero that lies dormant inside you.
During his Best Actor Academy Award acceptance speech for his role in Dallas Buyers Club, Matthew McConaughey described his hero this way:
“When I was 15 years old, I had an important person in my life come to me and say, ‘Who is your hero?’ And I said, ‘I don’t know. I gotta think about that. Give me a couple weeks.’ I come back two weeks later, and this person comes up, ‘Who’s your hero?’ I said, ‘I thought about it. You know who it is? It’s me in 10 years.’ So I turn 25, 10 years later, and that same person comes to me and says, ‘So, are you a hero?’ And I say, ‘Not even close. No, no, no. My hero is me at 35.’ ”
McConaughey next offered further explanation of how his hero is his future self:
“You see every day, every week, every year of my life my hero is always 10 years away. I’m never gonna be my hero; I’ll never attain that. I know I’m not, and that’s just fine with me because that keeps me with somebody to keep on chasing. So to any of us, whatever those things are, whatever it is we look up to, whatever it is we look forward to, and whoever it is we’re chasing, to that I say, ‘Amen.’ ”
You are capable of great heroism.
Every awe-inspiring quality you’ve admired from a distance is within you.
Your admiration was recognition.
Your greater inner self sees itself reflected in the attributes you admire in others.
The greatest leader and hero you could ever come to know is the one you are capable of becoming.
And it’s in you, right now.
We just need to wake it up.
So let’s stop chasing and bring you closer to the finish line.
Together we will awaken, strengthen and release the hero within you.
Next week I will be sharing my action plan on how to awaken your inner hero.
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Share with us in the comments below who is a hero figure in your life and why. Look forward to reading your shares!
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