Want to know the BEST ADVICE I’ve ever received as a writer AND as a human being?
Here it is:
Be the hero of your own story! Yes! For me that means living my life by all the same principles and doctrines I hold for my protagonists, like:
- Never giving up when the going gets tough.
- Meeting every challenge with integrity, ingenuity, and creativity.
- Saying yes to the adventure of life and helping the people I meet along the way as much as I can.
- It means being fiercely loyal to my true friends, being there for them no matter what, and never giving up on them when it seems all hope is lost.
- Using my head alongside my heart and never losing sight of my dreams and goals, and always remembering why I set out on this glorious journey in the first place.
- Being open to synchronicity, serendipity and the infinite realm of possibilities.
- Using my intuition and trusting my gut even when everyone else thinks I’m crazy.
- It means achieving what I set out to accomplish, but also giving myself permission to alter my course and change my mind if what I thought I set out to do turns into something else.
- Tending to the needs of my soul, in addition to the needs of mind and body.
- Having the courage to be who I am, even if that makes me a freak, a geek, or an alien from another planet.
- Setting my intention to wake up every morning with gratitude and a positive attitude, and look for the good in every situation.
- It means be brave, be strong, be honest, be compassionate, be patient …not only with others but also with myself.
- AND it means that if I fall short in my ability to achieve any of these fine attributes on any given day, that I allow myself to be human, forgive myself for my mistakes, regroup if I need to, and then say “onward!”
Getting this advice, this grand challenge—to be the hero of my own story—had such an impact on me that I spent an entire year investigating what makes a hero, determined to uncover those distinct characteristics common to all (or at least most) of our heroes today.
So I researched heroes in their myriad forms (film, books, television, comic books, and of course, some of my real life heroes as well), to chronicle the various personality traits and attributes that make up this rare breed of human.
What I found changed me. I knew if I wanted to be the hero of my own story, I had to find a way to embody these qualities and live my life in an entirely new way. The transformation is still in progress, of course, but it is a worthy adventure.
So for the next few weeks, I will be sharing what I have learned about becoming extraordinary in our everyday lives and the little changes we can render along the way that will make a big difference.
See you soon. Part Two is coming up the next week.
Elayne G. James
Author of The LightBridge Legacy Series