What It Takes to Be a Hero

The word hero means many things to many people. When we were children a hero could have been those you saw on television with supernatural power (or really cool gadgets). Always saving the day, they encourage us to strive to be better than we are.

But what about real heroes? If you had to give the meaning or example of a hero without using a fictional character. What/who would you say is an example?

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The Difference Between a Hero and a Champion

These two words are most often used interchangeably, but I’ve found that there is a very real difference to them.

A champion is someone who had become the best at something, using their skills and talents to defeat their opponents, stating that they are the best. A hero, on the other hand, is someone who is admired for their courage and bravery in times of trouble.

The Qualities of a Hero is Someone Who…

  • Loves others more than themselves
  • Believes in something so deeply, they will do what it takes to live up to that belief
  • Sacrifices themselves for that belief
  • Listens to others and encourages them, even though they have their own pain and grief
  • Remains humble throughout it all

What It Takes…

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To be a hero in the eyes of others as well as yourself, it takes a lot. A lot of qualities, a lot of skills, just a lot! Below is a list of some traits and skills one must have to be a hero. (Or at least strive to achieve)

  • Courage
  • Dedication
  • Bravery
  • Selflessness
  • Belief
  • Sacrifice
  • Serve Others
  • Take Risks
  • Determination
  • Motivation
  • Love

Why We Need Heroes

As we’ve seen in TV, movies and even in real life, we need hero’s to encourage us to be stronger, to be there when we need them, to understand there are times we just need them around, not talking, not words, just their presence.

We, as humans, look to those we see as heroes for inspiration, admiration, and a picture of strength in our darkest moments.

That person who helps others simply because it should or must be done, and because it is the right thing to do, is indeed without a doubt, a real superhero

~ Stan Lee

Where We Can Find Heroes

Oh my goodness, why would I put this in here if we all know where we can find heroes? Well, you may be surprised by my next few words. Or perhaps you will be expecting them:

You can find them everywhere!

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I bet when I put that subtitle in there, the first thing that came to your mind was the newest Marvel Movie with all of its superheroes lined up to fight for the thousands of people within a city or the entire word.

Or perhaps you thought of The Lord of The Rings, where you have a ragtag group of beings that are destined for the same goal, but only two make it to the final destination. (Not saying that didn’t have help with a diversion, they were the only two who mad it to Mount Doom with the ring)

Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.

~ Galadriel – The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

Where Are They Hiding?

Stories are build on heroes. They thrive on the the characters overcoming all odds to come out on top, to achieve their goal, to gain the object that has been their obsession for the last 200 or so pages.

Each and every movie, TV show, novel, short story, etc has a hero. The characters may not seem like your typical hero, but they are one, nonetheless. They are determined, even when things are dire and they feel there is no way forward. They strive to help others for the sake of providing a needed service, they listen and provide encouragement even when they themselves are in need of the same encouragement and they remain humble through it all.

You know what else, we have heroes in reality as well. Yeah, I know. Of course, we do. We see them on TV saving animals who’ve fallen into holes or a child in need of medical attention, I’m not bashing those in any way. I recognize a hero when I see one, but when you really look at your life, do you see any that are closer to home?

Is there anyone around you that makes a difference to your life, right now? I bet you can name a few. They are there for you when you need it, giving you advice, help, a listening ear, and more. Here’s another but… do you know what they are going through right now? Those people are the real heroes.

Even though they have problems, issues, struggles and hardship; they make sure they are there when someone needs them, like you. It’s not the talents (or superpowers) you have that matter, it’s how you choose to use your talents that make you a real hero. Each and every one of us has a hero waiting to be set free.

How You Can Work to be a Hero

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Though not everyone will gain the recognition of a hero, you can do small things that make you a hero in training or even a hero to yourself.

Let me explain: Because I’m not one to lead you into thinking you’ll never be a recognized hero to a whole town or city, I want you to think of this as a small step toward your goal. And who’s to say you aren’t already someone’s hero right now. It’s a nice thing to think about, isn’t it? Well let’s get started…

Be Your Own Hero

  • Everyone has things they hate to do, right? Talking on the phone, gardening, exercise, etc. Choose one of those things you hate to do and do one each day.
  • Work toward a goal. Like the stories you read, every hero has an internal and external goal. Discover what yours are and strive to achieve them.
  • Each of us has those bad habits we love to hate. Try each day to break that habit and make yourself a better person for breaking that habit.
  • Choose to live like a hero each and every day, exemplifying the traits and qualities mentioned above.
  • Find what fills your spirit to it’s fullest and do it.

Be Someone Else’s Hero

  • Do what you can to help others without expectation
  • Strive to be the change you want to see in the world around you. If you change, you’ll encourage others to do the same.
  • Strive to be the change you want to see in the world around you. If you change, you’ll encourage others to do the same.
  • Strive to perform random acts of kindness – you never know how important that one act can be to the right person at the right time.

Final Thoughts

You don’t have to be super to be a hero, you just have to be you.

Champion

Champion

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What is a Champion?

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    • An ongoing winner in a game or contest.
    • Someone who is chosen to represent a group of people in a contest.
    • Somebody who fights for a cause or status.
    • Someone who fights on another’s behalf.
  • Acting as a champion; that has defeated all one’s competitors.
  • Excellent; beyond compare.
  • Excellent; brilliant; superb; deserving of high praise.
  • To promote, advocate, or act as a champion for (a cause, etc.).
  • To challenge.

Dictionary.com

  • a person who has defeated all opponents in a competition or series of competitions, so as to hold first place:
  • anything that takes first place in competition
  • an animal that has won a certain number of points in officially recognized shows
  • a person who fights for or defends any person or cause:
  • a champion of the oppressed.
  • a fighter or warrior.
  • to act as champion of; defend; support:
  • Obsolete. to defy.
  • first among all contestants or competitors.
  • Informal

What is a champion?

A champion is more than a single person, everyone has someone in their corner encouraging, coaching, motivating, and inspiring them to do better, to reach the next level. Like a parent does for their child, a teacher should for their students, employers should for their employees. The world would be a better place if we had more champions around.

They are they type of people that will take responsibility, making sure success is achieved and assemble their team to work around a cause.

Traits of a champion

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Every Champion has a set of traits that sets them apart from others. These could be as follows:

  • Never give up, an I mean, NEVER!
  • Find Humor and Laughter
  • Be Perceptive
  • Love Learning
  • Find or Have Self-Motivation
  • Competence
  • Self-Worth
  • Spirituality
  • Perseverance
  • Creativity
  • Inspire Others
  • Dare to Leave Your Comfort Zone
  • Be Authentic
  • Find Your Bravery
  • Be Character – Driven
  • Be Decisive
  • Engage With Others
  • Be Fearless
  • Become Goal – oriented
  • Humble
  • Just
  • Knowledgeable
  • Listener
  • Motivating
  • Noble
  • Optimistic
  • Progressive – keep moving, learning, growing
  • Wise

Qualities of a champion

All champions posses many qualities, some are as follows:

Persistence – If you really desire something, you must go after it.

Trust yourself – If you have a feeling nagging at you that something isn’t right, be strong enough to walk away, and know that other opportunities will present themselves.

Team Support – Surround yourself with people who are on your side, will encourage, and support you.

Physical and Mental health – No champion is a couch potato who doesn’t keep learning. Think positively to be more positive. Always keep learning new things, you never know when it will come in handy.

Helpful – Don’t be afraid to help others with no reward in return. The knowledge that you did what was helpful and good is the reward.

Love – Love yourself and others

How to be a champion

The best way to be a champion is to be better than you were yesterday. Constantly strive to improve and do your best. Grow, improve and exit your comfort zone, then you will be the champion you’re striving to be.

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Find Your Inner Champion

No not the character, yourself!

Find Your Inner Talent – Discover and develop your natural talents. The things you excel at without to much struggle. That’s not to say you don’t continue learning, you can always improve on your talents. You just need to find them first.

Know Your Limitations – Understand your weaknesses, and build off of them. Don’t feel like you can’t use them to your advantage in some way. Knowing what your weaknesses are makes you stronger.

Explore All of Your Talents – You may have more than one area you’re strong at, find which one you are more tuned to and explore that, but don’t forget all those other talents hiding in the background waiting to be utilized. You never know when one can be used with another.

Try to Master New Skill – When you learn new skills, do what you can to master it.

Identify Your Main Goal – When you find your main goal, begin working toward it until you achieve it.

Training Like A Champion

Become an Exceptional Student – A champion studies to improve their skills, learning all they can when they can.

Find Phill and Learn Everything You Can – Find your mentor and learn all you can from them.

Develop Your Training – Build your skills, study to improve, and work to make yourself better.

Train Your Body and Mind – Keep your thinking positive, be confident. Your mind and body are connected, you need to train them both to work together, with each other.

Find Your Motivation – There are always times where we’ll find ourselves in a downward spiral. Find your motivation in writing, music, collages, etc. Whatever you can do to keep going, do it.

Reward/Discipline Yourself – Keep yourself en route by giving yourself a punishment for not achieving your goal, but reward yourself when you do achieve it.

Be a Good Sport

Leave It On The Field – “Do your best and forget the rest” – Tony Horton. He had it right when he said those words. Don’t dwell on what you could have done better. Do your best and leave it as that. (Something I always feel and need to get better at leaving it ‘on the field’)

Win/Lose Gracefully – Don’t brag or put others down, learn from your losses and use them to motivate yourself to improve your skills.

Give Credit Where It’s Due – There is always someone in your corner and they deserve recognition as well for all they’ve done to motivate, encourage and support you along the way.

Take Responsibility for Success/Failure – Only you can decide whether or not you’re a success. Don’t blame others for your mistakes, own them and move forward.

Carrying yourself like a champion

Celebrate Wins, Big and Small – enough said.

Surround Yourself with the Successful – Surround yourself with like-minded people who will support you as you do them.

Be Optimistic – Stay positive

Find Champion Role Models – Find someone you can look up too, get wisdom from, gain inspiration from.

Find Your Next Main Goal – Once you’ve achieved one goal, it’s time to find another. Where is your next challenge?

Why you are failing to become a champion

Worry, uncertainty, and fear of failure will sneak up on you when you least expect it. It’s like a sickness that tries to eat away at you until there is nothing left but an empty shell. Don’t allow those to pull you down. Find your courage, your strength to stand up and overcome the obstacles when you’re down and trudge on. Keep pulling yourself from the mud, and take that step, then another toward your goal.  You’ll reach it before you know it.

Challenge

Losing Focus can be another reason you’re not being who you’re striving to become. When you let things sidetrack you into procrastination, or skipping lessons. You’re doing yourself a disservice by cheating yourself out of your achievements.

We all have those moments when we feel unmotivated, everyone goes through it at one time or another. Find what you need to invigorate your motivation and keep going. Create a board with what you’re trying to achieve your goal for. Carry a small journal to record your every achievement and review it to see how far you’ve come (and how close your getting!) Create what you need to keep those motivations high and you can achieve anything.

Final Thoughts

You are capable of achieving and accomplishing so much ore than you realize. Don’t be afraid to reach for your dreams and work toward the goals you’ve set for yourself. We’ve all got them, know you’re not alone in your journey.

Start by simply doing something each day to get you closer to where you want to be. Small steps will will add up as you go so start taking that step and become a champion!

This Month’s Writing Theme: Heroes

This month’s theme is about all about Heroes!

What do you think are the best qualities of a hero and who is a hero in your life? Who is your favorite fiction hero and why?

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Example: I feel the best qualities of a hero are their determination, perseverance, and courage in the face of diversity. Who is a hero in my life? Well, there are many. I see heroes every day, but if I had to choose just one, I would say my dad. If you’ve been reading my blog, I’ve mentioned all that he’s gone through and and all he’s overcome. He just learned that he’s going blind on top of all that he’s overcome recently and I know he will do so again with this. He is my hero. 

My favorite fictional Hero, well, that would be a tie between Hiccup and Hero. I Love HTTYD and Big Hero 6, these two main characters are, well, human. They have regular lives, while still doing extraordinary things and they struggle as we do with death, dating, and more. 

So, what are your thoughts? Let me know who your hero is in real life and fiction!