Mapping Out Your Hero’s Journey

There are 12 chapters in the Hero’s Journey structure:

  1. Let’s start with the beginning of your story. I want you to start thinking about what life was like before a major life event. This is the first step in the Hero’s Journey, The Ordinary World, what life looked like before that happened.
  2. Next, I want you to picture if there was a moment where you felt an agitation, a spark lit that ignited your interest to seek a different path. This is your Call to Adventure.
  3. Now I want you to think if there was any hesitation or resistance on your part for embarking on that journey towards change. This is your Refusal of the Call.
  4. The last part of the setup of your story comes next. Was there any mentor, manager, guide that helped and supported you on the start of your Hero’s Journey? This is your Meeting the Mentor.
  5. In he fifth section, we begin the transition from where we were to where we’re going. What event or experience captures the in-between? This is your Crossing of the Threshold.
  6. Next, we begin the process of things getting in our way, and this step is to do with people. So who were the people in your life, network, or career that proved to be helpful or unhelpful? These are your Test, Allies, and Enemies.
  7. Now we head further in, this time going deep within ourselves and looking for the answers. This part looks a lot like introspection. This is your Approach to the Inmost Cave.
  8. And before we can come out on the other side, there is one final challenge, the greatest challenge of all. The major life event that shakes things up, almost testing whether you’re ready to receive the reward. This is The Ordeal.
  9. After the hardship comes success, though. A goal or something you’ve been trying to achieve finally comes to fruition. This is The Reward.
  10. But despite coming out the other side, there are still a few more steps to go in the Hero’s Journey. Healing needs to take place, and we walk ourselves back home. This is The Road Back.
  11. Once we are in steady footing, though, we are ready to rise from the ashes and reclaim our power. This is The Resurrection.
  12. And finally, we come back from a life-changing journey that has changed us for the better. We are no longer who we were when we started, and we have a story and lessons to share. This is The Return with the Elixir.

There you have it. The 12 chapters in the Hero’s Journey. These were described here by Alexandra Galviz (LinkedIn Top Voice, Keynote Speaker, Consultant) but the concept was popularised long ago by Joseph Campbell. And even then, he borrowed the idea from someone else (who probably nicked if from some classical Greek dude).

I’m going to have a go at mapping stories out for some of the major events in my life. They seem to occur every seven years, with the exception of 2006 in which nothing seemed to happen to me. I’ll have to delve into that year and see what’s going on. Maybe that’s a good place to start. Anyway, watch this space because I’m going to be telling you some stories!

32 thoughts on “Mapping Out Your Hero’s Journey

            • Psychology is one of my favourite subjects. I’ve done a few courses and read some books. What do you like about it? And are you going to be working in that field? You should – you’re insightful and … helpful? Is that the right word?

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            • I like to read people. I want to know them and read them like I read books!
              I might get a job in the field but I haven’t decided yet.. Anyways it’ll be a long time before I get one because I’m only in my first year…

              I soooo happy you think I’m insightful and helpful (as you said) πŸ˜„ how do you think those characteristics fit me… I mean in what way do they fit me?

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            • Ah, now you’re fishing. πŸ˜€
              But that’s okay.
              Erm, let me think. Okay, here we go: your obvious (and demonstrated) ability to read people is a demonstration of your insightful nature. Helpful is less easy to define. For a start, your blog is the essence of helpfulness. The exercises you set are not just prompts to make people write, but prompts to make them write the right things. You make people think about the nature of life and the universe and someone who does that is raising the consciousness of those around them. The other thing that springs to mind is that Psychology is a caring subject. You can’t help but be interested in people and try to help them when you study that subject. The rest of your helpfulness is in the intangible things about your conversation and the way you carry yourself through the world (through your words). I’d say more but I’d have to think more to be able to do so.
              Which two qualities do I have? πŸ™‚

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            • Hey, that’s my job as a future psychologist eh? looks like I’m good at it🀣

              I felt like I was reading ‘me’ when you described those characteristics.. I tell you, you’re goooood man!

              I think that you’re ambitious. You strive for your goals and not let anything stop you. Even if it takes a while, you takes things step by step and achieve.
              I also think you’re thoughtful and/or mindful. You like to notice every thing and every one around you, and you meditate on the positive things in life (if that makes sense ).

              I hope I’m close to describing your characteristics… What do you think? How well did I do?

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            • I am ambitious, but not so much in a worldly way. I’m not after money or possessions or anything like that. I’m more ambitious about learning and growing. I want to be a better person not a faster, stronger, richer person. Maslow says (said?) it much better.
              Yeah, I’m mindful and meditative and thoughtful – undoubtedly. People are a mystery to me. I’d love to be able to live inside someone’s head (or heart) for an hour (or two).
              Hmm. That’s all I have for now. πŸ™‚

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