By looking at your own life, and your current situation through the lens of the hero’s journey, you can see yourself more objectively. You may be able to see what is happening more clearly, including where the story is leading. In the end, the hero always transforms and returns back to the life they knew before a changed person—a better person—better able to make the difference they are meant to make in the world. Get ready to write your journey and play the lead role.
If you've ever watched a movie or read a story, you know that a hero is at the center of every story. This hero isn't usually a superhero who is endowed with super-human powers. In most cases, the hero is an ordinary person who either has to rise to the occasion when life throws them a catastrophe or has to face their demons to create a better life. If you think about it, even the Superheroes usually start as a regular guy or gal. Think the nerdy Clark Kent who becomes Superman or the timid Frodo Baggins who saves the world in the Lord of the Rings.
Not only do most stories follow the tale of a hero's journey, but that journey tends to follow a similar path. The 12-steps of the hero's journey, as solidified by Campbell, are used in movies and literature because it works. The human mind finds a story that follows this process irresistible. We simply cannot turn away from our hero—we want to know what happens to them—we want them to succeed.