Did you ever think that you could be your best hero?
Most people have a hero, someone they aspire to be like. We admire them for their courage, talent, determination or integrity. Our goal is to be more like them. We may be very proactive and taking action every day to move towards acquiring their habits and talents. Or, it could be something that is just in the back of our mind and we casually think “That’s how I would like to be”.
Would you like to have a hero who understands you intimately, always has your best interests at heart, shares the same values and knows your history? Who else could it be than yourself?
Recently Matthew McConnaughey won the Oscar for Best Actor in a Motion Picture: Dallas Buyers Club. His acceptance speech was powerful and surprising coming from a famous Hollywood personality. McConnaughey powerfully stated that: There are three things that I need each day. One, I need something to look up to, another to look forward to, and another is someone to chase.
Someone to chase
Matthew shared that even today with all of his success, he is always chasing the 10 year older version of himself. He is always envisioning in a positive way, the man he will be in 10 years. His 10 year older self is his hero.
Gretchen Rubin who is the author of a bestseller “The Happiness Project” has a forthcoming book on habits, Before and After. She reveals a little of what the book has in store in her article “Why I consult my ‘Manager, ‘ and why she always takes my calls”
Gretchen is advocating a similar tactic. But she thinks of her better, future self as her “Manager.” Her manager always knows the best way forward in any difficult situation. Her Manager stays compassionate, she is encouraging, and stands up for her when other people are too demanding. However, she reminds her to stay on track with her good habits too.
Maybe we should stop looking outwardly for our heroes and know that nobody can know better than ourselves what is best for us and how we want our lives to be.
“If you are not the hero of your own story, then you’re missing the whole point of your humanity. ~ Steve Maraboli
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