In my coaching around burnout, I’ve made a discovery that’s beating in my heart like a drum.
It’s a pattern I’m seeing over-and-over again.
It’s inspiring and gives me a ton of hope in the fight against burnout.
You’ve got something within you that’s yearning to emerge that can save the world.
But most importantly, it can save yourself.
Your Inner Hero
Yes, you’ve got an inner hero.
It’s big, bold, and consists of everything that’s the best of you.
Your heroic side consists of all the stuff you already know you’re good it, but intriguingly includes a vast treasure chest of untapped knowledge, resources, and talent that you’ve probably never acknowledged.
Or maybe you’re just completely unaware of it.
I went 3 decades without acknowledging my own inner hero, but when I look back and connect the dots it was peaking it’s head time-and-again when I most needed it most.
Like when I:
- Was lost in the woods as a kid
- Got incredibly sick at the same time as my child and had to take care of her
- Completely burned out on the job for the final time
The comment thread was that these were urgent situations where I had to call something greater.
But does it take a disaster for your inner hero to emerge?
If so, your inner hero seems pretty limited and frankly doesn’t sound that heroic in the first place.
It just makes it some kind of adrenaline rush or amazing one shot wonder.
Can your inner hero actually emerge and have staying power?
Proof of Your Inner Hero
Without fail my clients all have a moment when they surprise themselves.
Their inner hero begins to emerge and suddenly that they have far greater power than they realize.
The new found power impacts their work day in some amazing, yet very practical ways:
- The Executive has a new conversation with the board chair that transforms the relationship and changes the direction of the organization.
- The HR leader who discovers that she’s no longer and “traditional HR” and starts tackling bigger institutional problems without asking permission.
- The life-long Consultant who starts his own company so he can get off the road and start living life on his own terms.
- The Corporate manager who identifies a huge problem plaguing the office and instead of complaining…solves it.
- The Coach who lands her ideal client that pays her fair market value.
Although I’ve been the supportive whisper in their ear as the coach, they do the work.
You see, the ones who transform their burnout and thrive ultimately save themselves.
They are the hero of their own story.
Yes; a vacation, a seminar, or even a coach can give provide temporary burnout relief, but the long term plan involves you doing what only you can.
Evidence Against Your Inner Hero
So maybe you don’t believe this.
Most people don’t.
They usually fall into these two camps of non-believers:
1.) The “Outside Seekers” Camp – Your inner hero is perceived as the last place you’d go for answers because it doesn’t have enough experience, knowledge, or wisdom.
They’d rather go on seeking answers from friends and family, guru’s, training courses, universities, television, and the movies.
Somehow it just seems easier to just get one more degree or go to one more seminar.
It’s the mindset that if you just check one more box you’ll be finally be ready to advance, take the world by storm, and conquer burnout.
The view is based on answer being somewhere…out there.
2.) The “Super” Heroes Camp – Your inner hero is perceived as not being “super” enough.
They believe the only time the hero is going to show up when the !@% hits the fan. They’re waiting for the burning building or the car crash situation.
Yes, we need them but we can’t rely on them to show-up the other 364 days of the year.
They’re busy obsessing about the ESPN feel good story or CBS Sunday Morning expose to highlight the hero’s work. I have to admit that I these stories too. I can get a bit “misty-eyed” watching these too, but this programming can fool you. They can fool you into thinking that what they have, you don’t. They seem “super”. It leaves you watching and waiting versus doing.
The truth is that we don’t need more of what’s out there, and while more “super” heroes would be nice it’s just not feasible.
We need more of what’s inside you.
We need your inner hero.
Our future depends on it.
9 Characteristics of Your Inner Hero
The good news is that you don’t have to become a different person, and you don’t have to toss aside your old life.
You’ve just got to let your inner hero emerge.
You’ve got an inner hero.
Time to acknowledge it.
And when it does some seriously cool stuff happens.
My hope is that you’ll read these characteristics below and get to know your own inner hero.
When you start to recognize the characteristics, you’ll bring them to the forefront of your workday.
Here are the 9 characteristics of your inner hero
- Desire – Your Inner Hero desires to emerge. It yearns to be active it the world. It wants to make the difference that it knows only you can. It’s begging to be pulled in to the game. Most of all it HATES to sit on the sidelines.
- Ever-Present – It’s not just available when disaster strikes. You have access to it in all moments.
- Self-Aware – It’s fully aware of its strengths and limitations. There’s no need to worry because it knows how to align every situation with your natural capabilities.
- Takes Action – Your inner hero is a natural action taker. It’ doesn’t hem-and-haw and the point of decision. When it sees a need it doesn’t hesitate.
- Isn’t Afraid of Failure – Part of taking action is accepting failure. Your inner hero accepts the consequences because it knows that it can dig out of any hole and recover from any setback.
- Empathetic – Your inner hero is empathetic and has a knack for seeing life from the perspective of others.
- Persistence – Your inner hero emerges when you’re connected to your higher purpose. It doesn’t give up because it recognizes that the stakes are much too high.
- Aliveness – Your inner hero is alive. It embraces emotion. When an interaction triggers a smile, you get a chill during a conversation, or you feel yourself in total flow….that’s your inner hero at work.
- Recognition – Your inner hero recognizes the inner hero within others.
So acknowledge your own inner hero by noticing which of these 9 characteristics shows up in your work day.
Then use this list to start acknowledging how they show-up in others.
See how you’re more motivated to make an impact at work and at home.
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