Becoming the protagonist of your own life story

Put the victim to bed, wake the hero instead

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We live in an age of anxiety.

A culture where there are no hallelujahs for idleness. A world where our addiction to busyness keeps us alienated from our hearts.

As a result, we often neglect the transitions that are unique in our lives. Forgetting to take the long view of our journey and ask hard questions about how we’re evolving as people.

How do we pivot into what we need to involve to next?

What will we have to change to step into our vision’s reality?

Where will we have to grow to propel ourselves toward our deepest desires?

A helpful framework for holding space for these questions is to imagine ourselves as the protagonist in a heroic narrative. To sit back as the audience of our own story, notice the structures that hold the house together and identify the patterns that give significance to our character’s existence.

It might sound absurd and grandiose and indulgent, but considering that reinvention can be one of life’s great existential emergencies, why not give it a go? Why not save some imagination for ourselves?

This exercise has been life changing for me. It’s helped me navigate multiple transitions, both personally and professionally. And it’s assured that I wasn’t trapped in the same goddamn character forever.

Put the victim to bed, wake the hero instead.

What inner quality are you missing that is holding you back from becoming the protagonist of your own life story?

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Scott Ginsberg
That Guy with the Nametag
Author. Speaker. Strategist. Inventor. Filmmaker. Publisher. Songwriter.

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