How To Unleash Your Inner Hero
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How To Unleash Your Inner HeroBe A Hero in 5 Steps
What comes into your mind when you imagine a hero? A comic book character wearing their underpants on the outside? A brave warrior, a firefighter or nurse? Or an adventurer climbing mountains or sailing oceans or trekking to Poles? Someone working quietly and tirelessly for the good of their family or their community? Or something else entirely?
There are many, many kinds of heroes, but in my view they share these three characteristics:
- They do something that is challenging (even if they do have superpowers)
- They aspire to make the world a better place
- They inspire the rest of us to rise up and be our better selves
And the great news is that we can all be heroes. Through the world of adventure I’ve been privileged to meet a lot of people who are regarded by many as “heroes,” and I can tell you that they are just human beings like the rest of us. What sets them apart is that they found something that ignited their passion and set about doing it in a persistent and determined manner until they succeeded.
So, how do you go about it? Here are 5 steps to follow:
1. Find your passion
Before I became an ocean rower, I was a management consultant. What set me off on a different track was a self-help exercise I did one day. I sat down and wrote two versions of my own obituary: the one I wanted (adventurous, courageous, passionate), and the one I was heading for if I carried on as I was (nice, but ordinary and a bit boring). I discovered in that instant that I was not living my authentic life, and that I needed to set a different course or risk ending up disappointed with my life.
Why not try out the obituary exercise? How do you want to be remembered? What would make you proud of the way you spent your time on this earth?
2. Find your project
What are you actually going to DO to make the world a better place? And/or to make yourself a better person?
I stumbled into using ocean rowing as a platform for raising environmental awareness – or more accurately, people and books and messages conspired to guide me on my path.
3. Let go of self-limiting beliefs
I used to believe that to have a big adventure, you had to be tall, male and have a big, bushy beard. But then I met a guy who had rowed across an ocean with his mother. His MOTHER! So I had to reconsider what it took to be an adventurer, and realized that maybe, just maybe, I could join their ranks.
4. “Courageous” is just another word for highly motivated
One thing I’ve learned about fear, rowing alone across the world’s oceans far from land or human beings, is that it’s a relative concept. My fear of being alone at sea was outweighed by my fear of ending up feeling disappointed with my life. You can overcome all kinds of obstacles – including yourself – if you find a big enough reason why.
5. Your future is the accumulation of your todays
We tend to overestimate how much we can do in a day (my To-Do list bears witness to this), yet underestimate how much we can achieve over time, given enough commitment to making progress on a daily basis, come what may.
I’ve done some stuff that some may deem heroic (and others might think is just plain stupid) and it brought home to me that most of life’s epic feats are made up of a long series of very mundane moments, and only when we recognize and embrace that mundanity can we start to imbue the mundane with heroism. It really isn’t what you do, it’s the sense of purpose that you bring to it that makes it heroic.
The world needs more heroes, people who are willing to step up and make a difference. So what are you waiting for? Unleash your inner hero today!
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