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Our job is to overcome these five hindrances.
In this Hero's Journey, hero is not some god or goddess. The hero is you and hero is me. We are simple human beings who seek to develop awareness of who we are, what our strengths and gifts are, and nature of our purpose so we can live happy, fulfilling lives.
Along this journey we unconsciously get caught by these distractions and diversions of restlessness, sloth, aversion, craving and doubt.
This is where power of understanding your purpose comes in. The antidote to uncertainty and doubt is found in recognizing your strengths -- acknowledging your strengths. You, as your own hero, must uncover and accept your core qualities, your natural gifts, your purpose and your personal connection to something much larger -- your Vision. Without a solid foundation of self-understanding, you have no weapons with which to conquer doubt and other challenges.
Please note -- You don't have to do this work. I don't have to do this work. We don't have to examine our lives to survive and be comfortable...unless you believe Socrates who wrote, "The unexamined life is not worth living."
I have found, to be successful in living my hero's journey, it certainly helps to know I can summon, conjure up and count on strengths within me to help me with my battles. It helps, but even knowing and accepting my strengths doesn't mean it's easy. And you know what? When I step back and look at my life objectively, despite doubts, my purpose is always there to support me. I love what I do and my life is rich. It has taken time and effort and movement through lots of discomfort. Yet when I reflect on this journey I am more content, knowing I am following my true path even when I don't know where it will lead.
There is still a lot of work to do to keep from slipping into my comfort zone. Knowing I am not alone and that we are all on our own hero's journey helps me to battle through my doubts and distractions
Robert Knowlton is an Executive and Business Success Coach. Subscribe to my free e-newsletter, ON PURPOSE to get coaching tips and strategies for living a success-full and meaningful life. Visit my web site at: http://www.SuccessOptions.com/ezine.htm?fc