Who do you want to be a hero to?
This question is both clarifying and simplifying.
I want to be a hero to my wife and kids first and foremost.
I want to be a hero to all of our team members and PFP guests, but in particular, there are a handful I feel I’ve been called to serve, support, and encourage more deeply.
What about you? If you are a student-athlete, perhaps you want to be a hero for your teammates, a classmate, or a friend.
Perhaps you are a coach and you want to be a hero for your players, but in particular, maybe there are a few players that you really feel you’ve been called to have a deeper, more profound impact on this season.
Part two of this question is, who do I need to be in order to be the hero for them that I want to be?
On the surface these questions may seem self-centered and focused on you.
But that could not be further from the truth.
The result of asking these questions is always outward contribution. These questions get you to think less about you and more about how you can help the people you feel you’ve been called to be a hero to.
So I ask again, who do you want to be a hero to, who do you need to be for them, and finally, what is necessary in order to be that person?
3 Must-Do’s in Order to Be the Hero for “Your People”
#1- Be authentically you. You don’t need to put on a show, fake it till you make it, nor do you need to be some version of “superman” in order to be a hero to your people.
In fact, that will likely contribute to you not being a hero. Be yourself, always.
#2- Tap into your strengths and unique abilities. When you and I are most helpful towards others, we are doing what we are best at and we are operating out of our strengths. Sometimes, in order to be a hero to someone, you may need to bring in another person to help that person if what is needed is outside of your strength zone.
#3- See them for their unlimited potential. Sometimes we make the mistake of accidentally allowing our experiences or limitations to be a limiter on what we think they can do or become. Always believe in the unlimited potential of others, especially those you feel you've been called to be a hero to.
Speak this belief over them and into them. Look them in their eyes often and remind them that they can do anything. Remind them that they are gifted. Remind them of their strengths.
Number 3 could very well be the only thing you need to do in order to be a hero to someone. In this crazy world especially, where most people are focused on “getting theirs”, never forget the inspirational power of your words.
Dedicated to your success,
Coach Andrew and the PFP Team