I am a life coach. I also am a counselor. I am an inspiration agent. In those roles I champion people in reaching their goals, being their best and highest possible selves, in becoming healthy, in being inspired and living inspired lives. I have helped many people improve their lives and even transform themselves and their lives. That is no easy task, but definitely worth it!
So, in my work I am not THE champion instead I champion my clients. According to thefreedictionary.com, to champion means “to fight for, defend, or support”. As a coach and counselor that is definitely what I do, and what I believe the job often and exactly requires me to do. However, what I am not, is my clients’ hero. One of my implicit goals is for my clients to be their own hero.
Having that relationship with yourself, that of being your own hero, is of the utmost importance. Being one’s own hero means that you are your own best advocate, defender, you stand for yourself courageously and consistently: It is not a matter of convenience. When people called on a Super Hero, they don’t wonder if their Super Hero will feel like being a hero that day. Heroes are heroes, because they show up when the going gets tough. You call on a hero, because they will take care of business and take care of you They got your back.
You’ve always got to have your back. You’ve got to make your life happen. You’ve got to understand that each and every day is a blank canvas, your blank canvas. Each and every day is another opportunity to write your story; to live out who you are in the best possible way… regardless of the circumstances. You are the hero.
Of course you can have a team. You don’t have to do it all alone. You can have other Super Heroes and amazing friends (You remember Lois Lane?) to help you out. Most Super Heroes are smart that way: They understand the value of good friends. They also know to choose their friends wisely, and identify their enemies. Super Heroes always know what they stand for, and what they are willing to fight for, like “truth and justice”, for example.
When life throws us a curve ball, which it often will, we have an opportunity to express ourselves completely in those moments, as our own hero. If you remain mindful, you can decide exactly who you are, what you’re made of, and what you need to do. Avoid getting thrown off course by emotions and drama. Would you want your Super Hero to be looking for you for support in time of need? The challenge is to be your own hero, and it is challenging. I see challenges as the medium for amazing possibilities.
This can and is an adventure of the best kind: The adventure that is your life. When you tap into who you are, and face a challenge head on knowing what you have to do, express yourself fully in THE moment, and follow through with action, you have struck gold. You will know it. You will feel it. There will be no doubt that you are the HERO! It is truly a remarkable experience. And every day holds the potential for you to be your own hero and to be triumphant.
Sometimes being your own hero means that you end up as someone else’s hero too: That’s a bonus of the best kind. Life’s funny that way.
I am an alum of the University of Notre Dame. Every alum and student of Notre Dame knows about the poster that every football player reads and touches before going onto the battlefield (a.k.a. football field) prior to every home game. The poster reads, “PLAY LIKE A CHAMPION TODAY!”. So, before you walk out your front door or turn on your computer or get out of bed to care for your family or loved one, tell yourself, “PLAY LIKE A CHAMPION TODAY!”, and “BE YOUR OWN HERO!”. The world is waiting on you!
Coach and Inspiration Agent