How To Find The Hero Within You

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:

Claim responsibility

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.

Take action

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.

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  1. Attempting to be the hero for three adopted children will be the biggest challenge of my life. When you add in the cultural differences between Filipinos and Americans, this could be interesting to watch? What I do know from my first three who are now grown, sometimes a parent needs to show unwavering strength and sometimes you must be as tender as a lamb. You do all of this while working hard to be the worlds greatest husband for the one you love. Lord, please give to me the strength to be the man this family needs.

  2. A few days more than a year have past since my post above. The family beautiful Bride & I put together when we married welcomed a fourth child in September last year. Wife endured a long and difficultly pregnancy with a lot of hospital time and Doctor ordered bed rest. Income from local business activity was great but much of it went to our business attorney/accountant who did the lions share of the leg work while BB (Beautiful Bride) was on unpaid “maturity leave.” Business owners have no such benefit unless you build that into your business plan!

    After the beginning months of the new year (2020) when we expected to get off to a great start and growing our business again, the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Our three local business operation still sit idol waiting for all lock-downs to end. Time wasted is a gift you can not get back. During the on again, off again, and on yet again lock-downs we managed to create two new and hopefully more “virus proof” business ventures, both now launched and in operation. Beautiful Bride has also taken advantage of an offer to earn another degree when classes were offered on-line due to the pandemic. Something the school says “will NOT be repeated in the future.”

    The truth is, I really do not feel like a super hero, actually more like a tired old soldier many days. What gives me strength and purpose are the times when Wife curls up beside me and whispers that I am exactly the man her three children needed in their lives. She tells me regularly that I am the hero-father figure her three wanted to fill a deep void. When she tells me that she wants to wake up beside me every day for the rest of her life, that is motivation enough to keep on going forward.

    When a woman as smart and well educated as my wife takes time to thank you for supporting all her dreams and activities, even when the road is rough and money in short supply, you have to discern you are doing at least a few things correctly. Really smart people very rarely need much help from others so it is a true privilege when you have that oppertunity to help. Hero? not really but I do attempt to do my “job” as husband, father, option trader and house handy-man to the best of my ability. Perhaps doing your best is all that is required?

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