We human beings love stories. One of the all-time favorite themes is ‘The Hero’s Journey’. Adventure stories and lessons from fairy tales were, and still are, at the top of my list of favorite movies, books, and conversations. This is why movies like “The Hobbit,” “Lord of the Rings,” and even more contemporary movie settings in the ‘adventure’ genre are so popular. Too often we only live vicariously through the movies and lives of others. We see this journey in others, yet remain blind to our own personal hero or ‘shero’ journey.

A facet of self-awareness is recognizing that we are all on this journey. Our lives are an adventure of self-discovery, other-discovery, and life-on-earth discovery. This includes the work we do in the world. Do you perceive your work as a hardship or a place to uncover your true potential? Do you see it as stressful or simply a challenge to expand your vision for your life? How you perceive yourself and your experience will determine how you respond to it—to your life.

We are all a hero on a journey, and our journey defines our message. Take notes along the way so you can then share your lessons.

I see a lot of unhappiness coming across the airways. I hear messages about what’s wrong with us. There are an awful lot of people at the office, as well as generally, scrambling to ‘fix’ themselves in some way, shape, or form. Here’s a novel thought: do you ever think about the fact that you are simply on a Hero/Shero Journey?

Just pretend for a moment; use your imagination. What would your attitude be if you saw challenge as an opportunity to grow your mind, your heart, and your will? What if you focused on what you have learned and live in a state of gratitude instead of fear? Courage is overcoming this fear in our minds, which is where it begins and can end.

Unless a wild animal is chasing you or you are really in a state of threat from external aggression, stress and misery are generally self-inflicted. We have not realized the power of our own mind. Hence, most people are not very self-aware at all. In fact, research reveals that 95% of what is running the vast majority of people’s lives is out of their conscious awareness. We can now change this. We can learn how to optimally operate our amazing brain. It is much easier now than even a decade ago. And we have incentive to do it.

We need to rise to the occasion at the office and at home. Our creativity and constructive influence depends on this self-awareness. Our leadership skills and relationships depend on it. Even our health depends on it. And so does our future.

Here are 5 tips for facing and embracing your own hero’s journey to reaching more of your own true potential. This is what our journey is really all about: unfolding who you really are at your core, that place of gold and greatness within you waiting to be expressed. Personal growth and expansion happen through experience and in relationship to others, not sitting locked away on a mountaintop.

#1. Muster up your Courage. A hero or ‘shero’ must have courage to slay the so-called monsters in their path. You will be uncomfortable. Pack up and go home if you think you won’t be challenged.
#2. Get a Clear Vision. Where do you want to go? Your brain and mind need a clear target or else you will wanderer through the forest of life, stumbling and lost. You will be an easy target for distraction for other people’s agendas.
#3. Be Willing to Ask Questions. Ask the Universe questions like, “Why, How and When?” Timing can be everything, so be patient. Patience is power. And taking action takes courage. You need persistence and passion, patience and perseverance. Stop thinking you already have all the answers. Retrain your brain to act more wisely.
#4. Be Willing to Make Mistakes. Fear of making mistakes is way overrated and is a big example of lack of self-awareness. Mistakes are just about learning. The sooner leaders and society get this, the sooner we can embrace change and growth. Denial (in this case pronounced ‘Da Nile’) can then just be a river in Africa instead something that floods and drowns out your gifts and true talents. Lighten up!
#5. Celebrate your Successes. Pause and give yourself a pat on the back instead of berating yourself to go do more – and more and more. It’s a hollow victory if you can’t slow down to savor and enjoy the fruit of your efforts.

Life truly is a journey. There is no destination. I have consciously lived through several—and am in the midst of yet another—hero journeys. I’ve become comfortable with change. I’m stronger, happier, and wiser. I’m more confident and peaceful because I reached for self-awareness. I accept myself and love and like who I am now, not ‘when I get there’.

Self-awareness is true power, not that wimpy bully fake stuff that is pushed off as power over others. It takes courage to own your power – the power of your own mind. Know who you are. Be YOU, Magnificently! Enjoy your journey.

Author's Bio: 

Valencia Ray, M.D. teaches business owners and corporate leaders how their amazing brain can actually hijack personal power -- not in the abstract, but in the context of integrating business and personal life. Dr. Ray, a board-certified eye surgeon and medical business owner for over 20 years before selling her practice, shares her own life changing process. By sharing her story, she helps others to expand their vision and learn that by living with purpose and confidence, it is possible to have a more integrated, healthier lifestyle – with less struggle, more inner peace and more abundance.

For more information and to contact her regarding dynamic, inspirational keynotes, trainings in collaborative leadership and team building, entrepreneurship and coaching programs, visit her website at http://www.ValenciaRay.com.