No matter how mundane you believe your life to be, you have a story. How we see ourselves, the things we say and act upon all become part of the personal narrative we project into the world. When we become caught up in self-destructive habits such as substance abuse and addiction, our life and, by extension, our narrative becomes hostage to the addiction. From there, it seems, the story is written for us. But the moment we choose to free ourselves, we begin re-writing the plot. You become the Hero of your story.
The Hollywood formula is essentially as follows:
Here we are; everything is familiar. We might not like where we are, we complain about it, but since our brains perceive change as a threat, we prefer remaining with what we know.
The Hero gets a call. Adventure awaits. Friends and family could be left behind on the quest for a new beginning, a better life for family, a better life for themselves, get the treasure, get the girl, or get the boy. By now, you probably get the idea.
“No, thank you. I’m fine right here.” Remaining in the comfort of familiarity is better than the discomfort of the unknown. Even though they know staying where they are will change nothing for the better and may result in their ultimate downfall, the desire to stand on the familiar ground is stronger.
The POI does not have to be wealthy, famous, etc., but what they must be is in a place either literally or through their experience and knowledge, where the Hero wants to be or become. This, of course, becomes the influencing factor of the POI and is the story’s turning point.
Our Hero is now ready to act, ready to begin their journey, either physical or intellectual, or a combination of both. This is where the Hero steps from the familiar world they are in now to an unfamiliar place filled with new experiences, thoughts, challenges, and people. This action demonstrates the Hero’s commitment to embracing whatever lies ahead of them.
Completely beyond the comfort zone, our Hero is confronted with physical, emotional, and intellectual challenges. They begin to doubt themselves, not sure if they have what it takes to succeed. This is where inner strength is revealed as they seek to solve the challenges in front of them. Facing the enemy, the Hero might realize the enemy lies within themselves.
This cave represents either the Hero’s inner conflicts or an actual physical location. It may also be a combination of both. To prepare for the battle ahead, they might reflect on why they began their journey, reinforcing their courage before making that leap further into the unknown.
The supreme ordeal means our Hero must face their greatest fears. This may be a physical test or a deep, inner crisis they are forced to deal with. It may be anticipated, or it may have been understood in advance. Regardless, this is make or break time. During this time, they must experience some sort of inner transformation that, once complete, will grant them mastery or a greater insight within themselves.
The Hero has defeated the enemy and stands ready to collect their prize. Ultimately, they are transformed for the better through ordeals of fire, famine, monsters, and just about everything else in between. They can return home should they choose to. The key, however, is they now view themselves with a strength that was absent before. The power, of course, was there all along; it just needed discovering.
We become the Hero. How we write the sequel is up to us. Up ahead lies another journey.
Grab your shoes.
We have a story. How we see ourselves, how we speak and act become part of the narrative we project into the world. Caught up in self-destructive habits like substance abuse and addiction, our life and, by extension, our narrative becomes hostage to the addiction. From there, it seems, the story is written for us. But the moment we choose to free ourselves, we begin re-writing the plot. You can become the Hero of your story. A leader in the field of transitional recovery services, Hired Power’s discretion and confidentiality assures anonymity through all stages of returning to wellness. Whether moving to your detox program safely and with discretion, to recovery and sober living partners that can help you through the holidays, Hired Power is there for you or your loved one, standing as that bridge between you and traditional recovery plans. You don’t have to struggle alone; our personal recovery assistants are here to help you walk through this process, believing in you, empowering you to change. Helping you become the Hero. Step by step. Call Hired Power today at (714) 559-3919. We look forward to hearing from you.
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