We are always hearing about heroes these days.
Some guy catches a ball on Sunday afternoon--something he is paid millions to do--and, all of a sudden, he is a hero.
Some public figure can get up in front of a crowd and say practically anything. Their speech can include anything from common sense to stupid comments, and by the next day, someone will declare them a hero.
A man or woman gets out of bed every day to go to work and make an honest living. They work their hours, and any extra, even when they are sick or tired. Are they considered a hero? Not likely. They are just another person on the street.
Hmm, I think we have lost sight of what a hero really is.
I'll offer you two quotes...
The first is from comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell: "A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself."
The second is from a gentleman named Gregory Lovvorn, who has no real claim to fame: "A hero is someone who sees what needs to be done and does it."
Do you agree with these fellows? I tend to!
We all have a hero inside of us, if we will just have the personal fortitude to set it free.
I have said many times, it is your personal choice and responsibility to step up and bring your A game to what you do. I have also said that only you can make the changes in your life that you know deep in your heart you need to make. I have illustrated time and again that deciding to fight instead of lying down and giving up is a personal choice that you have to make every day.
To say it plainly, you have got to be your own hero.
It is fine to have people to look up to, provided they are worth your adoration; You can have great respect for the things that people have accomplished; You can even have people in your life that you want to learn from and emulate; But, this alone does not make them worthy of being called a hero.
A true hero sees what needs to be done and does it. Despite public opinion, despite what friends or family may think or say, they take care of business. If necessary, they walk alone. They don't do things to win titles or be praised. They simply do what needs to be done!
My challenge for you this week:
Make a list of your accomplishments that required extraordinary effort.
What barriers did you overcome to achieve these accomplishments? Write those down too!
If you have answers for the first two items, you need to understand that you can start viewing yourself as a hero!
Refer to these challenges anytime you have doubts about your ability to perform tough tasks--You are a limitless hero!
So my question for you this week is this: Should you be your own hero? After reading this article, I'm confident that you can now say, "Yes!"