Heroes are introduced in the ORDINARY WORLD, where they receive the CALL TO ADVENTURE.
How did you find this business? Or did this business find you? Did you ever imagine you would be here today?
They are RELUCTANT at first or REFUSE THE CALL, but are encouraged by a MENTOR to CROSS THE FIRST THRESHOLD.
You are here because you know you are different. Someone encouraged you along the way. People see your gifts. Who have been the mentors in your life.?
When the student is ready, the teacher shows up
Heroes enter the Special World, where they encounter TESTS, ALLIES, AND ENEMIES.
You start a business, become an advisor. But Owners and founders are incredibly vulnerable at this point to those who may promise them money, support or the ability to sell their ideas.
Because Heroes may be vulnerable, at the beginning they cannot tell the difference between an Ally and an Enemy.
You realize the forces you battle are not outside you. They are inside. True heroes go In.
It is confronting your inner demons. The side you may have avoided looking at for most of your life. You question your abilities, your worthiness. Self doubt runs amok.
Illusions, temptations, distractions, other people, situations, opportunities, breakdowns, unexpected crisis rise up to pull the Hero in a million directions.
It is here, within, you encounter certain people that will allow you to see your self reflection and determine your worthiness to endure the Ordeal.
They endure the SUPREME ORDEAL and take possession of their REWARD, their ELIXIR, their GIFT. They are pursued on THE ROAD BACK to the Ordinary World.
This is the time that the Hero attempts to use those parts of his/her true Self that have terrified and shamed him/her before. It is the bringing together the “bad” and “good” parts of yourself.
Trying to be someone else hasn’t work. This is the time to be more of who you are rather than less of what you have been avoiding.
You finally figure it out. You realize that your greatest gift has been your deepest wound.
The Hero, begins to feel a steady, daily glow from harnessing the power of his TRUE SELF.
The Hero experiences a RESURRECTION, a TRANSFORMATION and becomes different, by the experience.
During this time, the Hero may face his own mortality. You may be asking: "What have I done with my life?".
Now through it all, the Hero merges the attributes of the ORDINARY SELF . There is a resurrection, like a chrysalis, the Resurrection may be physical (as in Emotional or Financial), or it may present itself as the final showdown within, between the Hero and the Shadow side.
It may be breaking the pattern that has consumed you for your entire life. This battle is for much more than the Hero's life. Other lives, (as in the HERO’S family, friends or employees) may be at stake and the Hero must now prove that he or she has achieved Heroic status.
Other Allies may come to the last minute rescue to lend assistance, but in the end the Hero must rise to the sacrifice at hand.
Have you become a different person? Have you brought together the dark and the light to transform yourself in order to achieve what you have never thought possible?
They RETURN WITH THE ELIXIR, a boon or treasure to benefit the Ordinary World.
The business takes off. There are strong sales and cash flow. Who the hero is and what they do benefits many.
They may finally want to leave a Legacy. And the greatest gift of all is the ability to grant everyone they touch, greater awareness of themselves and the world.