Updated: August 31, 2020
A neurosurgeon is preparing to remove a tumor inside the brain of a patient.
After doing his surgical scrub, he stands for a few minutes just outside the operating room with legs apart, arms on hips, and elbows bent, while gazing blankly to the ceiling as if he’s Superman and about to fly.
Our doctor is doing the superhero stance and for good reason.
Various psychological studies have proven that doing open postures, such as mimicking how superheroes stand, can cause an individual to feel more confident and less stressed within minutes.
I learned about this a few years ago, and that’s why you’ll see me doing the same just before I speak to a crowd, preside over a meeting, do a presentation, and every other stressful task that I need to do.
It works, and you should do it too.
That simple exercise calls upon the hero inside you for a few minutes, but hopefully long enough to finish your task efficiently.
However, when it comes to pursuing your passion, reaching your goals, and fulfilling your purpose – standing like a superhero will not be enough.
You need to bring out, and transform into the hero within you.
To do this requires having a greater degree of self-awareness, so you can identify and properly address the issues that you will face in this life.
And just like in the movies, calling upon this courageous version of yourself is in itself a journey, and it starts by taking these steps:
Accept that ultimately, you are the one responsible for your own future. Remember that life is unfair, but when you take control and stop blaming others, the odds will tip towards your favor.
Commit to growth
A lot of people stop learning when they leave school, but the few who become successful in life are those who kept educating themselves. Strive for continuous self-improvement, and the quality of your life will follow.
It’s not enough that you know, you need to do as well. Change your “I will” into “I already have” by applying your knowledge, and letting experience teach you the wisdom to succeed in life.
Hope amidst uncertainty
Face your fears and take risks, but go into battle always armed with a positive attitude. Life’s outcome is unpredictable; sometimes you just have to take the leap and have faith that everything will work out fine.
Deeply connect with others
Harry had Hermione and Ron; Katniss had Haymitch; and Clark Kent had Lois Lane. Heroes surround themselves with people that give them strength. They find mentors to learn from and dedicate themselves to the ones they love.
Persist through difficulties
The hero’s journey is not an easy one, but the adventure you’ll take is something that you will never forget and change your life forever. Stay on the path until the very end.
Believe that you can be a hero, and make a difference in someone’s life. Start your journey today, and you’ll discover that the first life you’ll save is your own.
Photo credit: Jeff Hinkelman