Who's your superhero?  When you are faced with a challenge in your life, who do you look up to?  Who comes to your rescue?
It seems like every other month the local theater has a super hero movie coming out, with each hero facing some sort of insurmountable obstacle or enemy that they must overcome.  And somehow, some way, they always manage to save the day.  While these movies are fantastical fictional works, we can draw real life inspiration from these flicks using our own heroes.  And by heroes, what we are really saying here is that we should have our own role models.

It's important to have role models in our lives.  It's important to have someone to look up to when times are challenging.  In our world today, there are many people that we can choose to look up to:  our parents, a relative, a teacher, a coach, a historical or religious figure, etc.  It literally could be anyone or anything.  

Though, we must choose our heroes wisely.  Many public figures that we choose to admire from afar can be fallible.  How many times do we come across a famous athlete or actor or pop star who we have admired suddenly have some sort of public scandal concerning themselves?  

Frequently, our best heroes are people who have come personally into our lives and helped to enrich and guide us in the past.  These are the people who have helped to shape us to become who we are today.    These people can be anyone, alive or deceased who has cared about us and helped us.

Alternately, our heroes can be mythical or historical figures, a "greater power," that we can use as our guide.  Examples of these role models could be Gandhi, Abraham Lincoln or Santa Claus.

When we find ourselves struggling, we can imagine our hero in our minds and ask ourselves, "what would [insert hero name here] do in this situation?"  And then you imagine what they would say to you or what they would do in the same situation and then you have your answer as to what you should do.

Many times your answer will be a common sense one that you inwardly know, but are afraid to do.  In these cases, you can imagine your hero doing what needs to be done and then you can model what they would do by actually doing it yourself.  You know that since they could do it and achieve success, that you can do it too.  Pretty neat, huh?

While it is important to have people that you can actually speak to when you have a problem (especially life changing ones), in those situations where you don't, these imaginary role models/heroes can be of great help to us.

So, who is your imaginary hero that you turn to when times are tough?  Who comes to your mental rescue when you need them?

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