Living Our Own Hero’s Journey
Good books, TV, movies, and presenters all have one thing in common – a good story! A good story draws us in, engages us, makes us feel what the characters are feeling, and live their hopes, dreams, and struggles with them. This is what Disney is great at! They know how to tell a story!
As I perused the breadth of movies on Disney+, I found myself constantly saying “That’s a Disney movie?” I truly did not know or remember that so many of the classics I loved while I was growing up were Disney movies but, it makes complete sense. What makes Disney great at telling us a story is a clear-cut proven pattern of taking us through what’s known as a hero’s journey. In essence, this journey starts with a character who faces a struggle, obstacle, or challenge in their life and is called to embark upon an adventure into the unknown, leaving what they currently know behind. On their adventure, they are faced with trials and tests which ultimately transform them to overcome their struggle, obstacle, or challenge. Finally, our hero returns triumphant to what they once knew, e.g., the world they departed at the beginning of their story.
Just like the Disney characters we know and love, we too have a hero’s journey that we take in life and ARE CAPABLE of being triumphant! Three (3) key actions we can take to live our own hero’s journey right now and come out of this pandemic ahead are listed below. Actions, which each and every Disney movie I watch on Disney+ reminds me of.
- Listening to The Call – Our world HAS changed! Plain and simple, the way we are living now is distinctly different than it was a few months ago. With the changes and adjustments we’ve made come tiny feelings, sensations, and inclinations that are calling us towards something. Whether or not we listen to that call, however, is another story. Often, we brush aside the feeling of “there’s something off” because we can’t quite put our finger on it. Yet, the more we brush aside this call, the more uneasy and unaligned we feel. Ultimately, continuing to ignore this call can lead to being frustrated, unfulfilled, and affect our mood and the way we interact with others.
If we give heed and listen to our call, we can begin to understand what it is truly driving us towards, leading us to embark upon our own hero’s journey. Just as every journey has an end, every journey has a beginning, but only if we let it. Listening to the call – the tiny feelings, sensations, and inclinations – we experience WILL start our journey and lead us to come out of this pandemic ahead!
What feeling(s) of “being off” are you experiencing and are you giving yourself permission to listen to them? Openly exploring them will unveil a path in front of you to embark upon your hero’s journey. One way we do this is by thinking “I wish for…” This wish is what we want to come true and what our journey will make happen for us; however, only by taking actions towards it will the wish become a reality.
- Finding Our Guide – None of the heroes in the stories we love go at it alone. The same is true for us in life. The support and guidance from others is paramount to making our dreams happen. Whether that’s as simple as having someone believe in us or as complex as teaching us new skills to unleash our abilities is up to what we need. Each of our journeys are different and each of our needs are different. Whatever they may be for us, finding someone who will guide us along the way WILL help us create the triumph we seek.
Asking for help can be a tricky thing for us to do, and so can accepting help that is freely offered. In fact, we often initially see a reluctance by our heroes in Disney movies to accept help or truly listen to the guidance that is offered. Nonetheless, our heroes’ guides stay the course and give our heroes what they truly need for them to walk their path. A true guide empowers us, gives us what we need (which can differ from what we want), and allows us the space and time to truly learn the lessons we need to through the actual experience of them. Having a guide like this in our lives right now WILL lead us to overcome the challenges we face and come out of this pandemic ahead!
Who in your life serves as your guide? Are you open to them and embrace the help they are giving you? Are you so focused on action that the underlying message (which is the pathway to success) escapes you in the moment? Taking a step back and “trusting the process” can greatly reduce our frustration, heartache, and stress.
- Unleashing Our Power – One of the other key elements we find in a hero’s journey is the unleashing of power. From Elsa and her ability to freeze to Moana’s ability to be patient and discover who she truly is, each hero has something within them that gets unleashed. We are no different! Each and every one of us has a power within us that WILL help us achieve our goals!
Sometimes, it can be hard to see the power we have. And that’s okay! That’s part of the journey – recognizing what is within us, and has always been there! To tap into our power, we must first believe in ourselves. Instead of focusing on the actions we want to take, we look inwards to what makes us who we are, what we have gone through in life, and what strengths lie within us. Through this, we are able to embrace the power we have and leverage it to take the RIGHT action that IS successful because we have now removed the mental roadblocks which stood in the way of us unleashing it.
One way of doing this is to take a take a step back and remove us from the present, diving into the past, to see what strengths have served us well to create the success we’ve had. This allows us to see what IS possible, what WILL help us now, and that it is nothing new; something that HAS been within is us all the time.
What is your power? Tapping into it and unleashing it WILL lead us to success and guide us through this pandemic to come out ahead!
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