The Three Steps of the Hero’s Journey of Growth and Mastery

The Three Steps of the Hero’s Journey of Growth and Mastery

I previously explained how the archetypical pattern of growth always begins when the hero [read, you and I] hears a call and often refuses it at first. What follows in the journey of growth are 3 steps. These steps that Joseph Campbell outlines and Robert Greene explains are strikingly similar. They represent the recurring themes in each of our personal journeys to growth and mastery.

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The Glorious Grind: Sublimeness and struggle on the path to mastery

“I know some people say ‘Keep your eyes on the prize,’ but I disagree. When your eyes are stuck on the prize, you’re going to keep stumbling and crashing into things. If you really want to get ahead, you’ve got to keep your eyes focused on the path.” ~ Russel Simmons

Looking at the path of growth we see an upward trajectory to new levels of consciousness and mastery. But belying our upward ascent is the fact is that in the journey of growth most of our time is spent at a plateau. George Leonard, author of the book Mastery, explains this sensation well: “Days and weeks pass with no apparent progress. There you are on that damned plateau.”

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Self Mastery: Understanding the Map of the Terrain of Personal Growth

Understanding the map of the terrain of personal growth

My definition of leadership reflects worldviews – an unfolding level of greater consciousness and awareness of multiple perspectives. Built into my understanding of leadership is the idea of growth and self-mastery. In this post, I want to look closely at what growth is. We will be looking at the ultimate expression of growth – mastery – and the series of transformations along this journey.

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