Having a hero can help you in various ways and in different aspects of your life. Especially if you do not have access to a personal coach or mentor. Obviously, the latter is the better of the two choices. However, for quick boosts of encouragement or insight, a hero can be of immense personal value too.
I have three super heroes whom I admire greatly and whose lives I have given some study to.
Seb Coe, the former double Olympic 1,500 meter champion and former multi world record holder over 800, 1,000, 1,500, 2,000 meters and the mile, both indoors and outdoors, is the first. At one time this champion held 17 world records. His 800 meters record, which is one of the most frequent run races in athletics, stood for over 17 years. A truly remarkable man.
My second hero is the legendary Bruce Lee. I am sure he needs no introduction. You can go almost anywhere in the world and even the youngsters of today recognize his picture. And Bruce died prematurely some 40 years ago now. He took martial arts to a new level. He overcame adversity and believed that anything is possible.
The third hero of mine is the one and only Nelson Mandela. A real inspiration. Incarcerated for what was 27 years, he left prison and became the President of his beloved country, South Africa. If you read his autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, it is obvious that he firmly held this picture (Of leading his nation) in his mind, believing it would come to pass. When released, he completely and utterly forgave those who had robbed him of 27 years of his life by embracing them. That takes a big heart and much strength.
So how do they help me now?
When faced with a problem or a challenge, I ask one of my heroes, by asking myself a question, what they would do? How would they approach this situation? Would they let it defeat them? Would they still forge ahead? Would this challenge have been too much for them? How would they respond to this personal hurt that someone has caused? And for anything I come up against, if I can’t seem to find an answer.
The answers I get are my own obviously, but by thinking about how they would respond under trying times for example, can really help. If I need a response that requires patience, a philosophical outlook or forgiveness, I ask what Nelson would do. Should I be thinking how I can improve a business and I need visionary ideas, I ask myself, would Bruce Lee dream bigger or what would his vision be? If I need to see another perspective regarding determination or am faced with a big challenge, I consult Seb Coe.
If you get yourself a hero and read about their life story, the obstacles they overcame to get what they wanted, the setbacks they encountered along the way and how they dealt with them; their thinking patterns when defeat looked inevitable and so on, you can learn how to apply the same successful strategies they used to what is challenging you.
Really study their lives and climb into their mind and being. Not only is it fascinating reading but their success will leave a shining trail of clues that you can follow.
I can assure you, having these 3 virtual consultants to help me is just another tool I can use when needed. And the more tools in my life-bag the better is what I say.
As the saying goes, “If the only tool you have in life is a hammer, you will treat every situation like a nail”