If you are toying with engaging in a new lifestyle, career, artistic endeavor or life opportunity, I urge you to say, “yes”.
But, if you instigate this process of change in your life, do as Greek Army general’s once did and Burn your boats. It is this perspective that is afforded by burning your transportation home, that enables one to overcome whatever obstacles they encounter. Why are they able to overcome so many obstacles? It is because they have to.
If you always have the back up plan, you do not always have the inspiration and motivation to pursue your goal with the energy of a comet.
Commit as if your life depended on it. Arrange it, so that it does.
Commitment to new endeavors can, for some, be a terrifying pursuit. However, this is fear speaking. The hero’s journey is, in part, about overcoming fear…and his cousin doubt. Know that the anticipatory fear is always greater than the actual experience holds. In brief, we are the makers of our fear and can be the controllers and over comers.
Expect to be tested.
Expect experiences that cause you to question what you know and what your motivations are.
Expect to have to wrestle, not only with circumstance, but with yourself.
Expect to have to sacrifice and compromise.
Accept that nothing in life is for free. There is a cost for everything
You are the hero of your life story and hero tales are ALWAYS about overcoming obstacles, adapting to the demands of change and persevering in the face of self-generated fear and doubt. Only fierce commitment, a having just burned your transportation home mentality is going to enable to have the resolution, the strength of commitment to achieve your full potential.
If you have never tested yourself on that level, I urge you to do that. Experience how strong you can be. Push and test your limits for strength. Many of us, but not all, will find that we have more strength than we ever imagined humanly possible.
It is a process that will change you.
Begin the act today.
Jump out of the plane.
If you want to feel what it is to skydive, if you want to feel greatly, if you seek an opportunity that can give greater depth of experience of what it is to be alive, commit today.
If you are reading this, if you have not already stopped, I would guess it is because what I am saying, resonates for you, in some capacity.
Consider this your call to adventure. The herald has arrived at has put forth the token of change. Now, will you accept it? Will you commit to build the life and career you dream of?
The Hero, on their adventure, typically rejects the call at first. If you find yourself doing that, don’t abandon playing with the thought of “what if?” Following their first choice to say no to the adventure, the hero says, “ Yes”. This saying yes is an embracing of change, an embracing of the unknown, which is really an embracing of life–a saying yes to life, as life is change.
The hero goes into the darkness, the unknown land (that which is foreign to their consciousness). They do not know what will happen next. It truly could be, that they could be crushed. In the same, there is the potential for treasure. That treasure is always self-knowledge. That is what the hero journey is all about–Know thyself.
Committing to this call, saying yes to the adventure I present you, will open doors that previously you may have thought closed.
Meet your destiny half way.
Don’t hesitate. Begin today.
Jim Hart is the founder of The International Theatre Academy Norway.