Now, more than ever, you need to be in control of your thoughts and emotions, to be aware of your actions and their consequences.
Here are five ways you can become the hero of you own story during these troubling times…
1. Stop ignoring the evil you encounter.
It’s easy to close your eyes to poverty, pain, injustice, and evil. And the truth is that you can often create a life that is sheltered from having to witness such things.
You can look the other way.
Well, if you want to be the hero of your own story, don’t.
You can’t change yourself if you’re not willing to at least speak up against the bad parts that you notice about the world around you.
And if you can’t help someone, at least don’t make it worse by pretending everything’s fine.
2. Assume responsibility.
You are the hero of your story the moment you assume responsibility for your thoughts, emotions, and actions.
No more blaming others, fate, the government. You are in control.
Yes, there are certain things that are outside your control, but can always choose how you react to what happens to you. That is your power.
What happens to you is not your karma.
Your karma is how you react to what happens to you.
3. Stop complaining.
Heroes never, ever, ever complain.
4. Always try to do the right thing.
Let’s face it. We almost always know what the right thing to do is.
We should help those who are less fortunate than us, we should not envy, gossip, or try to do others harm.
We should respect others.
We intuitively know what it means to be a good person, yet we often don’t do it.
Because we overthink it.
In the words of Marcus Aurelius, stop thinking about what a good man is, and just be one already.
5.Be present in the moment and act.
We often waste a lot of our time wishing we were some place else, wishing things were different, wishing for what we do not have.
The truth is that a hero’s circumstances are never, ever perfect. And neither are yours. You will never be experienced enough, or have the resources you think you need.
The difference is that the hero acts regarless.
If you want to be the hero of your own story, you must decide to act, even if that little voice inside your head tells you that it can’t be done.
Remember, impossible is just a word thrown around by those who have given up on themselves a long time ago.
Being the hero of your story means being aware that you’re the one holding the pen. You are the one who’s writing this story.
And the truth is that a great story has it all: the good, the bad, the ugly, the breathtakingly beautiful, the ups and downs, the rejections, the obstacles…
You have more power than you can even begin to imagine. But you’ve got to be aware of it and decide to use it.