Self-discovery is a journey you must take all by yourself. You cannot expect to find someone who’s the perfect role model for everything you need to learn because the truth is that no one person can be everything to everyone.
And yet, we need role models. We need someone to look up to – someone we can imagine ourselves being like one day. It’s essential to have a vision of what success looks like so we can set ourselves on the path to it.
Be the Change You Want to See in the World!
Even if you feel like no role models exist for you, that doesn’t mean you can’t be one yourself!
For example, you might be a woman in a man’s profession who’s not looking for male role models but a female mentor who’s accomplished what you want to accomplish and has some positive qualities you wish to develop.
Finding a potential role model is difficult, especially if you’re in a leadership position. Although there are many powerful role models, yours may not be as obvious.
If you take time each day to think about what type of behavior and positive qualities are most important to you and how they influence your thoughts and behavior, you’ll be able to be your role model. You’ll get a clearer sense of what’s most important in life – and what kind of person you want to be!
You Can Be a Different Good Role Model
You may not realize it, but the people in your life look up to you – and they probably will for the rest of their lives.
You don’t have to be rich or famous, you can just be yourself. You can even be a young person and make a difference by doing something as simple as being kind to someone who needs it.
The work you do on yourself daily can inspire others to do the same for themselves – and they’ll want to help others, too! You never know when your small act of kindness will inspire someone else to change their life, and then, in turn, inspire another person or child, and so on, until we’re all living a better life for ourselves, our friends, and our family.
And remember, just because someone doesn’t have all the answers doesn’t mean they don’t have any! Everyone has something valuable to share with those around them – even if it’s just a little insight about themselves or their life experiences.
Being Yourself Is the Best Way to Inspire Others to Be Themselves
Your authenticity shows in everything you do, from how you dress and speak to how you interact with others.
When you’re genuine and authentic, it shows in your actions and words. You don’t have to pretend to be someone else; instead, just be who you’re!
You’ll notice that others will respond to your authenticity. They’ll feel more comfortable around you because they know they’re dealing with a real person, not an actor putting on a show.
Authentic people tend to have more positive interactions with others because their behavior is based on reality. They don’t need to pretend or play games because they’re confident and stand by themselves.
Remember That You Can Fail Without Being a Failure
We all know that failure is a part of life. It’s how we learn and grow. But what if you feel like you’re failing at work? How do you deal with those feelings of inadequacy or even worthlessness?
Failure is just an opportunity to learn and grow – it doesn’t define who you are.
The way we talk about failure is essential. It affects how we think about our failures, how much responsibility we take for them, and whether or not we’re able to learn from them.
If you think of yourself as a failure when you make a mistake or fail at something, you’re likely to feel like you’ve failed forever – like there’s no way out of that identity. And if you do this often enough, it’ll become your default view: You’re a failure!
But how about thinking not of yourself as “the one who fails” but as “the one who learns”? Or better yet, “the one who gets back up and tries again”? This kind of language is helpful because it allows us to see our failures as valuable opportunities for growth rather than insurmountable obstacles to success. It also helps us to take responsibility for our mistakes and overcome them to tackle our goals again.
This is important not only for yourself but also for other people in your life struggling with their self-esteem or identity issues – they need people like you who’re willing to be vulnerable to them so they can feel encouraged by someone else’s courage instead.
We All Have Something to Give
It’s easy to imagine that we’ve nothing to contribute; no one needs what we offer. But I want to tell you: you’ve something to offer, and it matters!
You may not think you’ve something to give, but you do. You may not see how your skills or experience could be valuable to others – I know I haven’t for a long time. But the truth is that everyone has something unique about them, and if you’re willing to share your view of the world with others, there are people out there who’ll benefit from hearing what you’ve to say.
What do I mean when I say “give?” I mean sharing your time, knowledge, and energy with those who need it. People who need help are everywhere. They may be right next door, across the ocean, across town, or just down the street (yes, if they aren’t next door, it may be their spirit animal). They might be younger or older than you or from a completely different country. They could be a man, a woman, or somewhere in between – and that’s perfectly fine as long as they’re open-minded.
Do What You Say and Say What You Do
If you want to be a good role model for others, you must do what you say and say what you do.
When you say something important, ensure it’s reflected in your actions. When you tell someone they can achieve their goals, make sure they know they can trust you because they’ve already seen the proof of your honesty.
When people see their actions match their words, they feel safe and confident to follow their role model’s path. They see someone who’s been successful using the same methods or principles and realize that if they follow the same methods or principles, they’ll be successful too! This is why it’s so crucial for everyone – teachers, parents, and leaders – to set a good example: When we set an example for others, we help them become a better version of themselves.
Being a Role Model Is Like Having One, Only You Have the Power to Improve Yourself
Gandhi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” And we say, be the positive role model you want to see in the world!
Being a different role model is like having one, except you have the power to improve yourself. You can be the change you want to see in the world, and your impact will be felt for generations.
When it comes to being a good role model, multiple role models are significant:
- Those who set an example for others through their actions
- Those who inspire others through their words. If you’re looking for ways to choose between these two types of role models.
Here are a few things to consider:
- To be an effective role model for others, you must ensure that your words match your actions. People will believe what they see rather than what they hear from you, especially teenagers and kids. You’ve probably heard young people tell a parent that they often say one thing and then do something else.
- They probably won’t believe anything you preach if they don’t believe what they see.
- If you want to inspire others with your words (and not just get them excited about something), try focusing on solutions instead of speaking about the difficult situation. In other words, instead of telling someone how much hard work they have to do or how broken something is (which makes people feel bad), tell them how great everything could be if only everyone would work together – how fantastic our world could be.