Tag Archives: overcoming adversity

How to Ward Off Feelings of Disenfranchisement

It’s an understatement to say life is a complex, strange, and interesting experience. Life is a blank canvas for our aspirations, a place where almost any potential has merit and everyone must define for themselves how they want to live. The freedom of the blank canvas, however, can be the proverbial double-edged sword. Freedom, if […]
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We are All Responsible for Mass Shootings. Here’s How Heroism Can Help.

Another mass shooting in the United States. Another call for thoughts and prayers. Another round of bickering about causes and solutions that goes nowhere. Then what do we do? Do we reset the tragedy clock and hopelessly wait for it to happen again? We all know that’s not a satisfactory answer. We know we can’t […]
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Fight Back Against Work-Related Stress

It’s time to make work more than just a dirty four-letter word. Unfortunately, many of us are still laboring under outdated views left over from 20th century ideologies, which amount to the following demonic equation: work = suffering. A Puritanical work ethic makes many of us work too long and stress too much. Ironically, this […]
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Drawing from the Well of Emotional Strength

There are times in life when it can all feel like too much. We’ve all experienced it at some point. These things are, unfortunately, part and parcel of the human experience. But what these moments can teach us, if we let them, is the feat of emotional strength. I’ve written about positive psychology and our […]
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Making the Journey Through Loss and Grief

We all experience loss, and the resulting grief, at some point in our lives. Dealing with the pain of loss is a part of the mythological roots of the hero’s journey. Legends from around the world often depict classical heroes encountering and, eventually, moving beyond loss. We can follow this example in our own lives. […]
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The H.E.R.O. Defined: H is for Human (includes Boost Your Belief Worksheet)

You and the ancient Greek hero Hercules have a lot in common. Sure, maybe you’re not a demigod with superhuman strength. But depending on your worldview you probably consider yourself a combination of the divine (a soul) and the mortal (the body). By that definition, you’re just as miraculous as Hercules. But more importantly, you […]
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My Interview with Carol Graham of Never Ever Give Up Hope

I wanted to share an interview I did with Carol Graham, host of the Never Ever Give Up Hope podcast. Carol invites her guests to tell personal stories of adversity and triumph, and how they found ways to rise above challenges. Check out her show, and also take a moment to stop by her blog, Battered Hope. Carol […]
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One Big Thing You Need to Embrace in the Hero’s Journey

The following is a guest post by Jeffrey Pickett. You can read more about him at jeffreypickett.com As a child, my father taught me some hard lessons. Sitting down after supper, he’d pull out the chess set and challenge me to a game. The match would usually last about an hour – my father loved to scan the […]
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It’s Important to Understand What a Hero is NOT

I’ve written about the need to expand the definition of the hero. But it’s not enough to describe what a hero is; we also need to know what a hero is not. A hero is not meant to be a sacrifice. The sacrifice part of heroism is incidental, a by-product of taking action to aid others. […]
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Video: You can Rewrite your Reality and Break Old Habits like a Hero

This is my second video about the Live the Hero concept (see the first video here). It explores the everyday hero’s knowledge of the fact that we can rewrite our personal reality. This is done by letting yourself believe you can change your bad habits and become better in whatever area of your life is frustrating you. Belief […]
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