Hero movies have surged in popularity over the past few years.
Marvel has broken multiple box office records, producing the highest-grossing movie of all time, breaking Avatar’s 11-year streak.
Girls—and let’s be honest, women—everywhere are thrilled to see strong, capable women on the big screen in films such as Captain Marvel and the Wonder Woman films.
So, if you wanna borrow a lil’ inspiration from these leading ladies and learn how to be your own heroine, keep reading. It’s time to lean into your power and take ownership of your life.
How to be your own heroine – 6 steps your best career, life, and self
You don’t need someone to save you. Here’s how to tap into your power (no cape required):
1. Map out your path and set goals
The best way to make your life goals happen is to make a plan.
What is it you want to achieve? Do you want to start a side-gig? Buy your own home? Become an influencer?
These things are all possible, but to make your dream come to fruition, you need an action plan.
What do you want to achieve on a grand scale? Think about your one-year, five-year, or 10-year plan. Then, break down your goal into smaller, bite-sized pieces. Consider what you’ll need to do each day, week, or month to reach each milestone.
Don’t forget to reward yourself, not just for your final accomplishment but also for the small wins along the way. Little rewards release happy hormones that will help you continue even when you’re not feeling inspired to take action.
2. Seek a guide or mentor
Maybe it’s a close friend or colleague who helps you stay on track. (Think Carol and Maria from Captain Marvel. They’ve got each other’s backs.) Or maybe it’s someone who’s been there before—a coach or a more experienced person in your industry. (Find your own Dr. Wendy Lawson.) This person is not the hero of your story. You are. But their accountability, support, and wisdom can go a long way.
3. Do work that matters
Doing work you hate just to make some extra money is emotionally draining. If you fall into this trap, you’ll likely feel stuck and unfulfilled.
However, when you’re doing something meaningful that you enjoy, your work will energize you. This is important because we all have days when we’re lacking inspiration. Trying to do work you dread on those days feels horrible. It can lead to procrastination and an inability to concentrate, both of which will make your work take longer than necessary.
When you enjoy what you do, you’ll still have those not-so-great days, but you’ll be able to power through them. When your work is energizing, you’ll feel like your life has a greater purpose, be more productive, and likely inspire those around you.
4. Remember that “no” is a complete sentence
Saying no is not that easy, especially for women—whether it’s societal expectations, people-pleasing tendencies, or poorly established boundaries. We don’t want to be rude. We don’t want to let others down.
But in reality? Saying no is a way of showing respect to yourself and others.
When you set boundaries, you can ensure you’re more likely to honor already-established commitments, making you more reliable. Setting boundaries will help you achieve your personal and professional goals. There’s only so much time in the day—so don’t feel bad about protecting it to reach your heroic goals.
5. Never stop learning or practicing
You should feel proud when you take the time to learn a new skill. But your job is not finished. Now, it’s time to hone your skills—something that will take time and repetition. Think about Diana and the Amazonians. Skilled warriors. The reason they’re able to fight so well is because of constant practice. Even the great warriors take time to finesse their skills.
The more you learn about your industry, marketing strategy, and running a business, the more likely you are to succeed and truly become your own heroine.
6. Turn down the negative self-talk
If you’re like most people, you have at least a little bit of negative self-talk going on in your head during the day. Everyone struggles with feeling worthy—at least some of the time. According to the book The Secret Thoughts of Successful Women, even Academy Award-winning actresses and Supreme Court justices deal with imposter syndrome.
Learning to switch negative self-talk to positive affirmations is one of the most powerful things you can do in your life. Not only will it help you succeed in business but it will also help you achieve personal goals.
Remember: you’ve got this!
Whenever you’re going after big goals, the initial excitement can quickly wear off and turn to fear, dread, or overwhelm. Braving your fears, setbacks, and insecurities is the fastest way to live the life you want.
Lean into the amazing and powerful woman that you are. Own your unique gifts and skills. And remember, you have exactly what you need to be your own heroine.
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