The hero’s journey has been told and retold in many different ways in every culture throughout the world. Yours might go something like this:
You’ve got all your ducks in a row, established some healthy routines, and you’re comfortably progressing on your career path. Then “bam!” you hit a wall. You’re stuck. You wake up knowing something’s missing and you don’t know what it is.
It’s relatively common: It may be a mid-life thing, or it can happen early on, and it also strikes toward the end of one’s career. In that moment of stuckness, we are faced with three choices: go back, stand still and stagnate, or jump ahead to an uncertain future.
Welcome to the hero’s journey. Joseph Campbell wrote about this phenomenon in The Hero with a Thousand Faces, in which he examines mythic figures such as Jonah, Odysseus, and King Arthur.
To undertake the hero’s journey is to question everything, but particularly one’s self. How can we accept ourselves in spite of our doubts and insecurities? How do we gain confidence to lead others knowing our weaknesses? The hero faces self-discovery with brutal honesty to become more authentic and real.
The paradox of the hero’s journey is that when you accept and incorporate the parts of yourself that you’d rather not acknowledge or share, you gain tremendous energy. As you integrate your whole self you become more authentically you, your best self.
This article explores the hero’s journey and offers three steps to become your best self that result in greater authenticity and a life full of meaning.
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- The Journey to Self
- Three Steps to Self
- A = Attend to Who You Are
- C = Connect with Your Best Self
- T = Transform Your Life
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Article by Patsi Krakoff, Psy.D.
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