Find the Hero Within

Steven Barnes
3 min readJan 19, 2024

Your intention needs to be about more than accomplishing a goal. It should also be about the JOURNEY. And the “C” in MAGIC is CHARACTER. What kind of person can accomplish your goals and have fun in the process?

What are their values? Beliefs? Actions? Energy efficiency? What is the NAME you give your best and strongest, most heroic part? How about your negative self? Mortimer.

Grandmaster, Master, Superdad

If you don’t currently BELIEVE that you CAN and SHOULD take these actions, that they are in alignment with your being, that if you became MORE of that person you would be happier, healthier, more abundant, more joyful and of greater service…

You are looking directly at why you have a ZERO in this arena, and that will KILL your dreams.

Imagine your goal

Find people who have accomplished your goal, starting from where you started. STAY AWAY from people who need to believe that everyone more successful than them had more “privilege”. This is never, ever true for more than one person on the planet, and it ain’t you.

Extract their Model or Map. What did they do? In what timing? How would you apply the MAGIC formula to their actions? What numbers did they rack up (0–9) in each category? What is the most stunning, embarrassing difference between what you do and what THEY do?

Take action. Notice the results of your actions.

Adjust your plans and start over: if it worked, double down. If it didn’t, keep researching and trying new things.

If you can’t think of a goal, you are blocked by fear. You’ve stopped dreaming. BE A DREAMER.

Avoid people who constantly tell you that you can’t, shouldn’t, or mustn’t. As long as you have your “safety rails” on, (Three Gates, Three Centers) you can go FULL TILT BOOGIE toward your goals, with zero fear of hurting yourself or others.

If ANYONE else has ever accomplished your goals, starting where you started…then you can.

But you have to summon the “genie” of will, courage, and creativity, of constant action and faith. Once summoned, that power is yours. And if you seek to give service, once YOU have accomplished your goals, start sharing with the oppressed, depressed, abused and desperate.

Find the hero within you. And BREATHE, of course!

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Steven Barnes is a NY Times bestselling author, ecstatic husband and father, and holder of black belts in three martial arts. www.lifewritingpodcast.com.