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How Can Your Heroes Be of Help to You?

April 13, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 159

Take a few moments and think about who your heroes were when you were a child, or who they may be right now. A Superhero? A great leader, sportsman, actor, thinker or writer? Or your favorite grandmother or 'the unknown soldier?'

Heroes inspire us and help us see greatness that is out of the ordinary. What is it about your special hero that inspires you? A helpful exercise is to ask yourself what are the parts of that character that especially stand out for you. Regardless of which hero, you might come up with character traits such as bravery, goodness, honesty, humor, integrity, creativity, humbleness, consistency....

Once we see the admirable character traits as apart from the hero image itself, we are looking at character traits that we all have in ourselves, to a greater or lesser extent. Usually our heroes help us to identify these parts of ourselves that are important to us, where we are already brave, consistent, humble, or creative.

Out of the roughly 120 character strengths that are identified in our society in the western world today, around 5 or 6 will be more relevant to you than others. Whereas for one of us, bravery may be quite important, for others, it might be hope or curiosity, playfulness or joy. No one character trait is 'better' than the other and your combination of 5-6 important values is part of what makes you unique AND of great contribution to the world around you.

Your favorite hero will most probably help you to understand yourself better, to locate what are your values and how you can use them yourself to get further along in your goals of a happy lifestyle. Where can you use more of your strengths today? What would your hero do when faced with your problems? How can you be more like your hero right now? How does your heart 'jump' when you imagine you really were more like your heroes?

It has been shown that a strength-based approach to overall wellness is a very good indicator of success, and that we can also benefit by consulting others to learn new strategies where we might feel weak. For example, one person might find a way to honor his/her competitive spirit, another one might be able to take advantage of his innate curiosity and creativity, others might prefer diligence and patience, and others might find extraordinary people skills will be of help.

A helpful exercise is to take notes on personal achievements and personal values, and also to identify areas where some help would be appreciated. Breaking down personal goals in this way and using the hero spirit within can empower one's foundation and invigorate the path to success.

Tatiana is the creator of 'The 3 Step Mind, Body, and Self Care Transformational System for Women Who Want to Feel Confident, Look Great, and Be Empowered'. She brings 8 years of health coaching experience to her programs designed for young adults and professionals. Her dynamic approach brings out individual strengths to looking, feeling, and living one's best life. Visit http://bodyvisionhealthcoaching.com and http://collegewellnesssolution.com to find out more.

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