Date With Destiny

Part I – Myths, Movies, and Meaning

In preparing for the journey, we look inside ourselves and curiously discover the hero within. As the protagonist in Living the Hero’s Journey, you explore the power of stories and the improbable relationship between myths, movies, and meaning.

Part I reveals a larger truth, and a deeper level of choice. Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice. It is not a predetermined fate but a culmination of how we choose to live our lives. This section helps us discover the hero within and challenges us to truly be the hero of our lives.

Like the three acts of a play, the three main legs of the journey are scrutinized and the storyline described. Stories add context and meaning to our lives, enabling us to make informed decisions on life’s path. The importance lies not in reaching the destination, but in who we become on the way there.

Map of Self-Discovery

Part II – The Hero Within

We chart the course by examining the inner self. We look at how, as a society, we inculcate mythology and storytelling into our culture as ways to transfer virtues and values.

Ultimately, the answers we all seek are deep within us, and we unconsciously search them out through vicarious immersions in stories of all types. Bringing this abstraction into the light of day enables us to write bold new chapters into our lives.

The meaning of life is personal, subjective, and challenging to pin down. Individually, we all come to terms with this elusive moving target. The absence of meaning and purpose leaves the hero numb and directionless. The Map of Self-Discovery discloses the symbols, metaphors, and rites of passage providing direction and uncovering the ideal path right beneath our feet.

Hero’s Inner Journey

Part III – Know Thyself

With a basic understanding of the storyline, the roles being played, and a quick peek at the map, the hero answers the call to adventure. The journey begins in the “ordinary world,” in the status quo. After meeting the mentor and receiving the necessary training and gifts, the hero makes a leap of faith into the unknown.

The hero steps into the “special world” and onto the road of trials to face tests and transformative confrontations. Slaying dragons, both external and internal, is all in a day’s work for our page-turning adventurer. Persisting through the ordeal the hero reawakens and returns to the ordinary world with the treasure of transformation.

The endowments bestowed upon the hero are freely shared with the ordinary world. To achieve life mastery and be worthy of a life well lived, we must take action, ownership, and responsibility for our choices.

In an age where people look outward for direction and upward for inspiration, Living the Hero’s Journey provides a time-honored template for looking inward and going deep for the answers we seek.

By using contemporary storytelling and ancient mythology as the bifocals through which to envision our future, we have the opportunity to explore—for the first time—what we have known on a cellular level since the dawn of time; in myth there is magic.

Author Will Craig shares the paths traveled, lessons learned, and insights gained over the course of a decade leading an international coaching and mentoring company. Join him on the action-adventure of a lifetime.