Episode 059: There Is an R in Hero – How Story Keeps You Going

A powerful story will help you take action when the going gets tough.  Think of Frodo and Sam struggling to reach the fire of Mount Doom and throw the ring in.  Or Esther gathering up the courage to ask King Xerxes to save her people.  The Hero’s Journey isn’t just the stuff of fantasy or history.  It’s your life too.  In this episode we talk about the three R’s of your story.  Yes, there IS an R in hero.

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On This Episode

Rhythm of Life – Actions I’m Taking From My Year End Review
Tune-up Tip – Health Tip Headlines
Random Riffs – Ode to Dorothy
Feature Segment – There is an R in Hero

Rhythm of Life – Actions I’m Taking From My YE Review

In Episode 058 , I shared my 2016 year end review.  Since doing that review, I’ve decided on some actions I’m going to take as a result of that review.  What I will Start – Stop – Continue.

Have you given thought to what you want to Start, Stop, and Continue in 2017?  It'll fly by before you know it.  To live with intention, you have to have something to shoot for.  What’s it going to be for you?  Share in the comments.

Tune-Up Tip – Headline Health Tips

Since we’re at the beginning of the year, I thought it would be helpful to share some of the best and perhaps most unusual nutrition tips from the two newsletters I subscribe to:  Tufts Health & Nutrition Letter and Consumer Reports On Health.

Nutrition is one of the key controllable factors that influence health.  And good health supports us as we go about our everyday lives.

Topics covered in this segment include:

  1. Pause
  2. Sugar
  3. Healthy Fats
  4. Vegetables
  5. Salt
  6. Acceptance-based behavior training
  7. Relation between clutter and eating

If you have tips you’d like to share, leave a comment.

Random Riffs – Ode to Dorothy

My mom turned 85 just a few days ago.  When I turned 45, she presented me with a book.  She had taken a journal, and written my life story as…a poem.

So on the occasion of my mom’s birthday, I thought – turnabout is fair play.  Listen to my ode to Dorothy.  Thanks for being who you are.

Happy birthday, Mom!

Feature Segment – There is an R in Hero

In the last 2 episodes, we’ve focused on achieving goals.  You heard that it’s not “he who has the best strategy wins”.  It’s not just a matter of self-discipline.  It’s not about having enough resources – time, money, skill, etc.

Episode 057 – 3 keys to unlock the secrets of goal success:  Plan, Story, Alignment
Episode 058 – how to make your goals align with you.

Alignment makes sure you have the right goals for the right reasons.  If you’ve already given up on your goals this early into 2017, you know that motivation only takes you so far.  It quickly wanes.  What enables you to keep going in the middle (where it always gets ugly) is your story.  That’s why it’s so important.

There are two types of stories we tell ourselves.

  1. Life theme or soundtrack.
  2. Story of the Journey


The voices in our head.  Often negative.  Marie Forleo calls it Station WKRAP.  You can’t turn them completely off.  You CAN control whether you dwell on them or not.  What you do with those thoughts.  Emmet Fox wrote a booklet about this in 1935.  He says this: “the most important diet you can undertake is the mental diet.”  Mr. Fox lays out a profoundly simple, and yet difficult to carry off, 7-day Mental Diet.

Episode 030 talked about tuning out negative voices and turning them into positive one.  Check it out.  No matter where you are in life, start this practice today.  It’s incredibly powerful.


Joseph Campbell calls it the Hero’s Journey in his book, The Hero With a Thousand Faces.  It’s a 3-act sequence that appears in virtually every good book, movie, or play.

As you start your own Hero’s Journey to accomplish a goal or dream, somewhere along the way it will get difficult. Then we even fall down.

Welcome to the human race.  No one is immune.  No one escapes Act 2.

In her book Rising Strong, Brene Brown calls the 3 acts Reckoning, Rumble, and Revolution.

Act 1 – Reckoning: Walk into the Story

Act 2 – Rumble: Own our Story

–Brene doesn’t call it rumbling for nothing.  You get dirty.  Bruised.  Maybe even broken

Act 3 – Revolution: Write a new ending

Take time to own your story.  Go through Reckoning, Rumble, and Revolution.  It does take time, but it’s time well spent.  It will save you heartache in the long run.  And if you’ve already been living in Act 2, hit pause.  Then rewind to Act 1.  You can do it anytime you want.

If you want help with writing a different ending to your story, I’m here.  A good coach can make all the difference.  I’ve hired coaches to help me strategize about my business, to communicate with more impact, and to write a book.  I’d love to coach you through your Hero’s Journey and celebrate with you when the credits start to roll.  Just click the button below, we’ll talk about what you want to do, and your Journey begins.

Yes! I Want A Great Story!

Whichever act you find yourself in right now, have hope.  You’re already a hero because you’re taking the journey.  Most won’t even start.  It’s just too hard.

But you’re on the road.  The Hero’s Journey.  The road where the pavement gives way to dirt, and the dirt to an unmarked trail that’s barely visible.  So keep going.  Reckon, Rumble, and create a Revolution.  In your life and the lives of those around you.  And remember – I’m rooting for you every step of the way.

Which act are you in right now?  How can the 3 R's help you to tell a powerful story?  Join in the comments.