posted on Oct, 16 2015 @ 08:18 PM
Everyone has a conception of their perfect self.
We all have an inner idea of our actualized identity.
And whether that involves becoming a race-car driving, mountain climbing, bungee jumping, white-water rafting, expedition-leading lunatic--or whether
that entails an existence far more tame--within the confines of your imagination exists an image of how you'd like to be.
The movie Fight Club encompasses perfectly this idea, with the narrator of the movie
creating the alter-ego of Tyler Durden as a method towards remaking himself in accordance with his imagined envisionment of his ideal self. "I look
like you want to look, I talk like you want to talk, I f*** like you want to f***," Durden says at one point to the narrator.
And with this concept we should all relate, for within the private confines of our imagination we exist as a character that oftentimes acts and talks
far differently than the individual conception of self you currently portray to the world. Within our minds we typically always say the right thing,
do the right thing, take the big chances, and act always as the hero in our own personal story.
Yet in reality we rarely live up to this idealized conception of self. And that's a massive disappointment, because almost always--the only thing
keeping us from acting like the hero-version of ourselves we see in our minds is ourself.
We're the only ones holding us back. We're the only ones throttling out actions and modulating our responses.
So we're the only ones preventing us from becoming the amazing versions of ourselves we all picture within the confines of our heads.
Recognize this truth and you realize something important. Comprehend this limitation and you stand on the brink of a true psychological
For once you recognize you're the only one keeping yourself from acting like that idealized conception of self that exists within your imagination,
once you realize that nothing substantial or concrete is keeping you from becoming the hero of your own story--you begin seeing that invisible
membrane that exists separating you from true satisfaction.
Then once you identify that ethereal barrier and comprehend it doesn't truly exist, you can begin testing its limits. And you can start pushing
through it in subtle but real ways.
And it starts like this: the next time you have a fantasy run through your head of how you'd like to behave or what you'd like to say, instead of
letting it escape and failing act upon it--just do it.
Stand up to the bully. Go talk to the girl. Help the homeless man stranded on the street or rescue the person whose car broke down in traffic.
Get out there into the world and start behaving like the hero you always wanted be, and you'll soon find acting on those impulses towards greatness
becoming easier and easier. Then where once you hesitated and vacillated and stammered and stuttered before growing brave enough where you had the
courage to act, soon you'll start being the hero automatically.
Soon you'll start doing good things on second nature. Then you'll realize something even more fantastic, something you never considered possible:
All along we spend our lives waiting for the appearance of some external force to save us from catastrophe, calamity, ill fate and misfortune.
But after you unlock your inner hero through simply acting on those impulses towards achieving an ideal state, no longer will you stand around doing
nothing waiting for someone else to save the day--because you'll learn what already you should've known:
You become self-actualized the instant you decide to start acting upon those highest expressions of self.
Then, then--you'll know for truth: The real hero of this story is none other than yourself.