Many of us have heroes or leaders that we look up to: deities, demigods, as well as human beings that who have gone before us, or even live in the here and now. We define them as heroes because in spite of adversity, they stand up for their beliefs with their strength of character.
Each hero understands which situations he or she inherently excels in, and where they are less developed, they call on the support of others. They step into the light when needed and take up a cause.
And each man stands with his face in the light.
Of his own drawn sword, ready to do what a hero can.
--Elizabeth Barrett Browning
Each one of us already is a hero to someone-a colleague, a friend, a child, or even an elder. And many of us haven’t acknowledged that we’re heroes yet…until now.
Cracking your Brilliant Hero Code:
First, take out a pen and piece of paper and begin by answering the following questions:
- Who are you’re heroes?
- What qualities do you share with you hero? Make a list of adjectives that describe you and your heroes. Are you brave, empathetic, resourceful, strong, or loving and kind? Make a quick list of at least twenty adjectives.
- Next, define your greatest strengths or super powers by circling your top three qualities from your list of twenty.
- Now write three short paragraphs, one for each of your greatest strengths. Next, outline when you first became aware of this super power and how you have used it already in your life to overcome difficult or challenging situations.
- Then search the internet for an image that represents your greatest strengths. It can be an image of anything-from a person, to an animal, to a thing. Print out your image and place it where you can see it on a daily basis. (Please let me know how your life changes simply because of glancing at this image each day, this is powerful stuff.)
- Finally, allow us all to celebrate you and your brilliance by posting your hero image below, please include your three greatest strengths too. Let’s create an entire gallery of Brilliant Heroes together!
Ready, set, then…get hero cracking!