The Hero’s Journey – Creating Change
Leadership Mastery Series – The Hero’s Journey
Have you heard of the Hero’s Journey? Do you wander why some movies such as Lord Of the Rings, Harry Potter, Batman, star wars to name just a few are so remember able and powerful. These movies always give you that message of hope and through facing and overcoming challenges you become more empowered.
These movies are all based on the structure of the Hero’s Journey. The Hero’s Journey was narrated by the American Scholar – Joseph Campbell.
Here are the stages to the Hero’s Journey
Ordinary World: This step refers to the hero’s normal life at the start of the story, before the adventure begins. Unfortunately, we dont normally start to look at change until things become uneasy or uncomfortable. So here we are forced to start to take some action as the pain that we currently are experiencing is greater than the fears of what might happen to us.
Call to Adventure: The hero is faced with something that makes him begin his adventure. This might be a problem or a challenge he needs to overcome. So the journey begins the beginning of change
Refusal of the Call: The hero attempts to refuse the adventure because he is afraid. This is our fears of the unknown – You know those conversations that we have what would happen if this goes wrong? Etc. We know that we should change however we haven’t made that final commitment yet
Meeting with the Mentor: The hero encounters someone who can give him advice and ready him for the journey ahead. Here steps in the right person at the right time. The mentor says something or does something that provides wisdom and courage.
Crossing the First Threshold: The hero leaves his ordinary world for the first time and crosses the threshold into adventure. The final decision has been made – Here comes the taking action and you step into the unknown. You enter unfamiliar territory.
Tests, Allies, Enemies: The hero learns the rules of his new world. During this time, he endures tests of strength of will, meets friends, and comes face to face with foes. You are tested – Was this the right thing to do? Uncertainty plays a part of this role
Approach: Setbacks occur, sometimes causing the hero to try a new approach or adopt new ideas. You need to change your thinking / approach to things. The saying goes if you keep on doing the same things than you will continue to get the same results. This is great if your strategies are working however what happens if they are not?
Ordeal: The hero experiences a major hurdle or obstacle, such as a life or death crisis.
You have your worst nightmare, and you need strength to overcome this situation. However the rewards are endless.
Reward: After surviving death, the hero earns his reward or accomplishes his goal. You have a sense of achievement more confidence and success. This only comes from overcoming your fears.
The Road Back: The hero begins his journey back to his ordinary life. A sense of urgency you are almost there – The final test.
Resurrection Hero – The hero faces a final test where everything is at stake and he must use everything he has learned.
Return with Elixir: The hero brings his knowledge or the “elixir” back to the ordinary world, where he applies it to help all who remain there. The transformation has been completed.
Then it all starts over again with the next challenge. This is a great way to look at change within your life and work activities. Become the Hero of your own Journey and achieve your goals and dreams.
Change is about thinking and doing things differently. In the Hero’s Journey the hero has to come back to the real world – The Return. In some movies when the Hero does not return they have faced death either in the physical, spiritual or emotional.
At High Performance Coaching and Training we say “ Be your Best” – If we can Mentor and Coach you through your next Hero’s Journey than give us a call.
When one door closes, another opens. But often we look so long, so regretfully, upon the closed door, that we fail to see the one that is opened for us.
– Helen Keller