The quest for career clarity and fulfillment takes courage, it’s truly a hero’s journey! Do you feel lost and alone sometimes on your hero’s journey? Most people do. The feeling of isolation is indeed one of the factors that keeps people stuck in a job that doesn’t fit. There are many ways to receive guidance and support on your hero’s journey. Today I am going to share one of my favourite ways to break through isolation, which will help you move forward swiftly and joyfully.
You are probably unaware that you are already surrounded by positive, supportive messages that have the power to sustain you when the going gets tough on your hero’s journey. I am talking about people who inspire and motivate you, I like to call them your heros. You may know some of these people personally, others may be characters from movies or books, or even historical figures who lived in different eras. The words and deeds of these people may serve as a source of inspiration on your hero’s journey.
One of my heros is the character Maude from the movie “Herold and Maude.” In case you haven’t watched it, this cult classic from the 70’s pairs Harold, a disillusioned 20-year-old obsessed with suicide and loveable, eccentric 80-year-old Maude. They meet at a funeral, and develop a taboo romantic relationship, in which they explore the meaning of life with a fresh perspective.
When this movie was released in Germany (where I grew up), my mother took my sister and I to the movie theatre. For the next hour and a half I was completely mesmerized. I wasn’t just watching this movie, I was drinking it in. I admired Maude’s joy for life, her free spirit and her way of living according to her own principles. It felt as if she was speaking to me personally, telling me that I had a purpose. Maude made me appreciate that I in my unique way matter deeply, just like all of creation.
I felt a deep resonance with Maude, a sense that there was a Maude within me. Deep down I knew that I would step into living my life authentically, inspiring people around me with my unconventional wisdom. Just like Maude, I was going to empower people to find their own way of life, help them dance to their own rhythm, find the courage within to really live their lives and quit trying to fit into molds society and culture suggest for them.
The theme song of the movie “If you want to sing out, sing out” by Cat Stevens instantly became one of my favourite songs. It cheers me on whenever I need a boost. It connects me with a sense of freedom and lightness and the deep knowing that I am always at choice.
How to receive guidance on your hero’s journey:
- Who are the people who have touched your life in special ways? Who are the people who have inspired you with their words and deeds? They are your heros. Write down their names.
- Choose one of your heros to begin with.
- What qualities in her/him inspire you? Write down these inspiring qualities.
- What do you imagine your hero would do if s/he was facing your challenges?
- What words of wisdom would s/he offer you on your hero’s journey, if you asked for help NOW?
- What’s a mantra or theme song your hero lives by? How may this song or mantra serve you on your hero’s journey?
I have watched “Harold and Maude” so many times that I’ve lost count. I never grow tired of it.
I am deeply grateful that Maude showed up so early in my life. She has been a deep source of inspiration ever since. The question “What would Maude do?” always gets me out of my head, into my heart and into the love of life and the love of all things. Just like Maude is always there for me when I need encouragement, your hero will be there for you, when you need her/him. All you need to do is ask for support and then listen to her/his guidance on your hero’s journey to career clarity and fulfillment.
Julia James is a certified life coach and award-winning author of the book, The Mini-Retreat Solution. With over ten years experience coaching people through positive career transformations, Julia is passionate about helping people connect with their true calling.