Every movie has a hero. Think of your life as a movie. Who would you like to play the leading man or woman! How about you be the hero of your own life?
You may believe someone to be a hero and admire them for their qualities and look upto them. However, don't fall into the trap that the person you love and admire will rescue you from your troubles or even help you reach your goals.
Often, during our rough phases, we derive strength from other people. We assign a special value to some people over others. This person may be a family member, a spouse, a child or someone you’ve never even met like a celebrity or a public figure whose work you admire – perhaps your hero.
- A hero is someone who easily does what you’ve wanted to do but never had the time or courage to pursue.
- A hero is someone who, against all odds, reaches his/her final goal.
- A hero is someone who we can connect with, on an emotional, physical or spiritual level.
- A hero gives you strength and purpose to follow your own dreams.
It's natural that people turn toward things that give them hope. Some people draw hope from prayer, some people might do so by indulging in some sort of activity such as exercising or meditating. Some people listen to music, watch a movie starring their favourite actors or maybe listen to a speech that inspires them and so on.
What makes a hero?
A hero is often selfless and does deeds to help other people regardless of his/her stature, fortune, living conditions, luck or safety. This is a person who will come through, no matter what.
It’s a person we all strive to be, but not all of us necessarily succeed. Perhaps, someone you look up to, too, has this quality and you admire them for that very reason.
A hero may have gone through a tragic past or has struggled to overcome a perilous situation(s). They may have gone through many failures before seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.
When we pursue our goals, face our fears, our inner hero becomes stronger.
A hero derives their strength from those who love them and hate them, alike. They also derive their strength from their various successes and failures.
They have a focussed mind and aren't deterred from their quest. They gain the strength to power through to achieve their goals.
Thirst for learning
A hero knows that they can learn from anyone and everyone. They keep an open mind and absorb knowledge and wisdom from those around them.
In other words, a hero is constantly evolving and learning to better themselves, every chance they get.
A hero is not some larger-than-life, out-of-this-world, supernatural character. A hero lies within all of us. It’s up to every one of us to find him/her/it.
We’re all capable of extraordinary strength and determination. All we need is a little nudge in the right direction.
How can you be your own hero?
Understand what qualities you admire in your hero; know what things you wish to emulate and apply in your life and in your personality.
Make sure you imbibe the qualities you like. However, word of caution, don’t give up your individuality in the process. Your aim should be to become a better version of yourself, using your hero only as a benchmark.
Perfection is a myth
You must come to terms with the fact that your hero is not perfect. They make mistakes just like any other person and they have vices just like you.
The goal of becoming your own hero becomes much more attainable once you’ve realised that perfection is just a myth. The only way to achieve your goals is through hard work and persistence.
Keep an unwavering focus on what you’re doing and what you’ve set out to accomplish. Learn from your mistakes and constantly move forward.
If you find yourself stuck or questioning yourself at any point, think of what your hero would do in that situation. Draw strength from their qualities and find the courage to take action that serves you and moves you toward your goals.
Hone your strengths
It’s very important to understand yourself – your strengths, weaknesses, insecurities, skills, talents and anything else of relevance, and work on all your positives.
Knowing yourself well will make you a good judge of character when it comes to people you interact with, from different walks of life.
Finally, at the end of it all, one can only be a true hero if they are modest and humble. Whatever you do or whatever you accomplish, just make sure you’re always stay grounded and act with humility.
No matter how big a star or celebrity your hero might be, it is the simple and relatable things that draw us to them and your own story shouldn’t be any different.
If you need a place to start – take a deep breath, look at yourself in the mirror and smile. Find strength in those who love you and start on your journey to self-improvement and heroism.