Maybe your hero is Brené Brown, Mother Teresa, or Nelson Mandela. Those might be worthwhile heroes. However, it would be even better to become your own hero. Your life is your story, and every story needs a hero.
By defining the hero of your story, you have a chance to become that hero. And you need to identify the hero of your story because the hero of each story is different. The hero of your story won’t be the same as the hero of someone else’s.
A few ground rules:
- Your hero has to start where you are.You have a particular starting point and resources available to you. Your hero has to begin from your starting point.
- You have to set a time limit on when you’ll become your hero.Your hero doesn’t have 100 years to work to get the job done. You also need a deadline. A reasonable timeframe is 5 to 10 years from now. At that point, you can re-evaluate and create a new hero from your brand-new starting point.
- Avoid the tendency to limit yourself.You can accomplish a whole lot in 5-10 years. You’re a hero, after all.
Become your own hero:
- Define your hero’s accomplishments.What has your hero accomplished? From this moment in time, until your deadline, what will your hero achieve? Once you’re satisfied with your list, ask yourself how you could make it even better. Remember to work within the time frame you’ve given yourself.
- Define your hero’s attributes.What qualities does your hero have? What characteristics would they have to possess to accomplish everything they’ve accomplished? What qualities in a person do you most admire and respect?
- Define your hero’s life.How does your hero live his life? How does he spend his day? Who is in his life? In what types of activities is he involved? Where does he live? What time does he get out of bed? What is important to him?
- Define your hero’s goals.Your hero has accomplished a lot, but she’s not finished. Consider what are her goals now. Whom does she want to become? What are her plans?
- Make a plan to become your own hero.Starting where you are right now, what do you need to do to become the hero you’ve defined? What changes do you need to make in your life? What goals do you need to set and accomplish to become your hero?
- Consider your hero’s finances, health and fitness, social circle, accomplishments, and skills. This is just for starters. Imagine what needs to be done to transform from your current self into your hero.
- Get started.Getting started is the hardest part for most people. It’s fun to sit down and plan your future. It’s a little harder actually to get busy and make it happen. You have years to complete your mission, but you don’t have time to spare.
There’s no time to waste. The more time you wait to get started, the longer it’s going to take to become your hero.
Unless your life is perfect, your story needs a hero. You can define who that hero is going to be. There’s still time to become the most incredible person you’ve ever known.
When someone asks you, “Who is your hero?” you can honestly say, “Me, in 10 years.” Be the hero of your story.