Do you remember how much fun it was to pretend as a child? How much fun it was to explore imagining that you were a great explorer? Who hasn’t pretended to be a Jedi Knight in today’s age? When you look back and remember those times, do you remember how empowering it was?
Most of us are taught to “stop being childish” and as such, we decide to stop pretending. We are told to “Grow Up” and ignore the world within us and pay attention only to what is around us. I’m all for producing results, but in my opinion, forgetting our heroes robs us of a priceless method for unleashing our potential.
Emulation for your mind.
This concept isn’t new at all. You see this in the realm of computers all the time. If you have an old program designed to work on Windows 98, and you’re running WindowsXP, you’re using emulation. It’s just the same if you’re playing an old video game on a new video game system. The principle remains the same: One computer can act like another. Given that computers are built based on how the human mind works, it is logical that we can do what they can do.
What’s really interesting is that you see examples of this every day if you keep your eyes open. How many people do you see with “WWJD” or “LiveStrong” bracelets. In both of these cases, the person wearing the bracelet is trying to integrate the virtues of their hero into their day-to-day lives. Like many such techniques, with some intelligent and deliberate application, you can get much greater results than what you are currently experiencing.
It doesn’t need to be complicated or complex, but a lot of us like to have a “walk-through” of what to do. I will offer some ideas here, but don’t be limited by my suggestions.
Finding your hero.
Before we get going we need to select someone to act as your model. This can be someone historically factual, someone fictional, or someone in-between.
If you’re just starting to explore this process, I’d begin by going back to when you were a kid and looking at your hero(ine) and admiring them. Remember how you learned everything about them: Their habits, their methods, their tendencies and triumphs. Remember their good times and bad times. Really dive in until you’ve gotten a real sense of the person.
If you have a current hero you’re adopting, the process is the same. Read their work. Listen to what they say. Watch what they do and how they do it. Where do they blaze ahead where you don’t? What enables them to do that? How do they think?
Becoming Your Hero.
Now that we have identified and studied a hero, it’s time to become the hero. This can be done in many different ways. If you know your dominant sense, then that will be of some help here. If you are a visual person, imagine that you are putting on your hero’s skills like a hat or helmet. While you wear this “hero helmet” you can access their abilities. Alternately, you can imagine that you are putting on a “hero suit”, surrounding you in their skills. It all does the same thing in the end.
If you are primarily kinesthetic, meaning that touch is your primary sense, then you want to try to feel what it would be like to be them. If you are mostly auditory in nature, you might try giving your hero an interview.
Remember, that you are in control. Choosing to emulate a hero won’t cause you to lose control, just as running a Windows program in Linux or Mac OS will take over the computer. In the end, you are in charge. Don’t forget to make the most of what you have. Remember your heroes, and use them.