Think about how much easier it is to aspire to something if you have the opportunity to see someone else do it.
The path seems clearer if you can observe someone doing something that you would love to do. You can imagine what it would be like to be them, or your version of them.
Athletes, actors, business people, parents, teachers, local leaders, international icons, siblings, coworkers, and friends -- they can all be role models.
When considering who might make a good role model for you, where do you look?
My answer is to first ask yourself these three questions:
- What roles do you play in your life?
- Which of those roles do you want to improve?
- Who do you know who seems to have mastered the things that you want to improve?
Now, look around.
Is there someone currently in your life who can help you to accomplish your goals? If so, ask them for help. If there isn’t anyone available, start your search.
If you are in a situation where you feel as though you are the trailblazer, please keep going! Become one of the firsts in your industry, company, or community, and be the role model for others.
Toy makers realized that they needed to adapt their own product because they are so influential to young children, by exposing them to various careers and physical appearances. The result is that there is now a National Geographic Barbie and Entomologist Barbie, and the iconic toy now comes in four different body types.
Does it matter? Sure it does. Barbie serves as an important role model to young kids as they expand their imagination and absorb the world around them.
This week, if you have an area in your life that you would like to improve, find someone to model your behavior after. On the flip side, if you have skills to share, offer them to others and become a role model.