Dear reader, three years ago I had a dream ... to take my passion for sport to other areas of personal development. The result of my experiences in Ironman distance triathlons in different countries, and how my inner motivations were transformed gradually, from an initial ego in the first years, towards an alignment with my soul and a greater sense of purpose than I had when in 2010, coinciding with the birth of my daughter Irene, I decided to enroll in my first Ironman Zurich (Switzerland).
During these years, my evolution in the world of sport has been paired with a personal transformation of 360 degrees. Part of this change has to do with this inner journey which, during the course of the competition, shows a different side of the same coin which, because of our busy lives, we do not allow ourselves to observe.
Who am I? Why and for what do I do things? and especially, for whom or who else? ... are questions that trouble us, but we do not give them a voice inside us. However, when you embark on a sporting event that takes you to the limit, this voice starts to come out and tries to claim a space and a place that invites us to explore ourselves giving us a new path, a new direction, a bright light on the horizon, which however diffuse, gives us the certainty that it is where we want to go.
This invitation to overcome our limitations, those fears and how we face them, emerging victorious and endowing new personal resources, is the subject of the Hero´s Dream Proyect.
Using sport as an example, based on tests of ultra-endurance that lead us to the limit and face us with the most powerful enemy (“ourselves”), we invite you to better understand what causes this situation or the so-called “call to the sky”, (Pilar Jericho et al.)* who also states that, given the proactive and conscious decision to face a challenge of this nature, we obtain personal resources for future challenges.
A call to personal epic through a journey, in the words of Robert Dilts and Stephen Gilligan * “The journey of the Hero” is nothing more than a personal process of self-discovery, becoming aware of our resources, appearing those hidden to us, seeking allies and guardians to pass the “dark nights” and arriving at our destination or goal, emerging a different and transformed person. We will see how to integrate our “shadows”, by aligning our values and personal mission with our passion, which undoubtedly is the pillar that gives us the energy necessary to overcome the challenges that life puts in our paths.
Using the example of the sport event Ironman distance triathlon, consisting of swimming in open water 3.8 km, a 180 km bike tour and complete a marathon 42.2 km (a 226 km total), on the same day and in a maximum of 16 -17 hours. The toughness of the event helps us to better understand the metaphor of the journey. However, our proposal is to apply it to any and all areas of our life that require self-improvement, or at the least to provide extra resources to cope with these situations with greater confidence.
Through our personal experiences and the experiences obtained from other amateur athletes with “normal” lives, the mental processes that are in play during this journey are transformed throughout the process, demanding abilities and talents, not always unleashed, but once completed the journey, as a result of the dream, they take the shape of essential resources we can rely on the rest of our lives.
We will see the route which enables them to get from a conceptual point of view (through the review of progress in the field of Emotional Intelligence and NLP) and from operating, obtaining concrete techniques, easy to learn and apply to ourselves and from the personal stories of athletes through the modeling of excellence. From the “what” to do till “how” to do it.
We will discuss which personal motivators* play in favor of making the decision to undertake this journey which in turn will influence the energy which we do things with. In addition to relating these personal motivators to our level of emotional intelligence in its two aspects (intra and inter personal). To that end, we have analyzed a nationwide sample of 130 future “Heroes” (Normal people who will participate in an Ironman race this year, 2016) measuring their behaviors, motivators and emotional intelligence with scientific tools of the multinational TTI Success Insight * and comparing the results with IE levels in other countries.
Finally, we have modeled excellent amateur triathletes (non-professionals that thanks to internal motivation have qualified for the World Championship Ironman Hawaii), and in the process acquiring the necessary patterns to obtain successful results, which we can apply to ourselves in the future.
In this book we hope you will find the necessary inspiration to dare to cross the threshold and face this personal journey, leaving the fears that sometimes block you, overcoming limiting beliefs and obtaining new resources that once activated, will help you cope with new situations of uncertainty, resistance and change.
From the humility with which we face this project, we expect to contribute, in a small way, to this fascinating field of personal development using techniques recognized worldwide in the field of Neuro Linguistic Programming, neurosciences and mental training; as well as to contribute to social projects of transformation and cooperation that provide transcendence to “Dreams of Heroes.
We hope you will undertake, and look forward to you enjoying the journey!
26.10.2016 the dream begins. We expect and hope you enjoy the trip!
Xoan González Soto