Many of us watch movies as a form of escapism. For 2 hours we are transported into another world and into a life that is often more exciting than our own. We fall in love with these characters. We share their adventure, their intrigue and their success.
All from the safety of our own homes of course.
Obviously, it’s easier to live your life vicariously through the actions of others than it is to get up and start creating your own adventures.
That takes effort; and is probably the main reason why a life worth living is the exception rather than the norm.
But what if we could be the heroes of our own story? What’s stopping us?
Get out of the house. Start saying ‘yes’ and embrace the opportunities that come your way. Take risks and be the person that you see in your mind’s eye. Accept your fears and cast them to one side.
A hero is courageous. Who they are at the beginning of the story is not who they are when the credits roll.
They take action. They change. They overcome.
So, do you want to be the hero of your own story?
Here are 5 ways to get you started…
1. Why you must get the girl (or boy)
Everyone needs someone in their life.
People aren’t psychic – they have no idea how you feel. You can wish and want with all of your heart but until you choose to take decisive action, they will forever remain out of your grasp.
Love can be dangerous. A true story of romance will include many obstacles that you may not see coming, but don’t let that deter you. It has to be challenging because adversity brings out the best in us.
That person whom you spend all day thinking about, ask them out on a date – give yourself a chance of happiness by stepping into the unknown. Your parents, your grandparents, their parents and every line stretching back to your ancestors all had one thing in common.
They found each other because they had the balls to go for it.
2. Stand up to the bad guys
Every good story needs a true antagonist – the mortal enemy that stands in your way and strives to prevent you from reaching the end of your quest.
The Apollo Creed to your Rocky Balboa – the Johnny Lawrence to your Daniel LaRusso – the Titanic to your blossoming relationship. Life always throws something in the way to test our resolve but without it complacency sets in and we allow fear to overwhelm and consume us.
These ‘end of level’ bad guys will pop up everywhere, but you have invincibility mode enabled – you’re bulletproof.
3. You’re the underdog but you can prove everyone wrong
Do you often feel like the unlucky loser? As a kid were you picked last during team sports or found yourself on the side-lines whilst everyone paired off at the school disco?
As an adult do you feel like your height, gender or class somehow prevents you from realising your potential? I’ll let you in on a little secret; we all feel inadequate somewhere. It’s human nature.
But that doesn’t mean you have to allow your previous failures to dictate your future. From this point forward, everything starts afresh. Get out there and take on your biggest rivals at their own game.
The best part of being the underdog is that no one will see you coming. The element of surprise is your biggest strength and as that timer counts down to zero, your sheer effort, grit and determination to succeed will triumph in the face of adversity.
4. Ignore the haters – this is your life
People will try and drag you down. Those who are afraid to embark on their own journey will do their utmost to stand in your way.
They don’t mean to – it’s not a conscious decision.
It’s fear. They’re afraid of being left behind. Your ambition reminds them how paralysed they feel in their current life situation.
It’s easy to get sucked in to their world.
Newsflash – other people are not your responsibility. It’s not your fault they haven’t found the courage or the determination to succeed. This is your life, so the only barometer of success is the one you measure yourself with.
If you follow the path that leads to success – those who believe in you will come along for the ride.
At least they have each other.
5. Your reality is what you make of it
You’ve written the screenplay and you’ve given yourself the starring role. The question is; are you going to give an Oscar worthy performance?
Be the hero of your own story – I dare you.
Jamie is a guitar teacher, writer and blogger who hates the typical 9-5 existence. After quitting his boring retail job to enter the world of guitar tuition, he created Psycholocrazy to document his thoughts and struggles as he takes on societies norms armed with nothing more than his cheeky wit and undeniable charm! Go ahead and grab his free 33 page ebook and find out how to quit your job and live life on your own terms too.
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