When we’re young and a little unsure of ourselves and our place in the world, we look for guidance from others. Faced with a tough decision to make, we ask ourselves “what would such-and-such a person do in my situation?” This is where role models come in. Role models have the values we look up to. They’ve got experience, had success and are living the kind of virtuous life we admire. We might not be on their level just yet, and we might not agree with everything they do, but we look to them to give us a steady footing when the ground we’re walking on is a little shaky. Role models provide guidance, answers to questions and can help to shape our reality and our sense of who we are. However, it’s important to remember that we are not our role models. Moreover, while role models are often accountable to us and know that a serious error of judgement could influence us in a negative way, we are not accountable to our role models. As such, we are freer to make mistakes and do questionable things. This is why it’s so important that you become your own role model. Once you do this, you’ve got someone to be accountable towards. You don’t want to let yourself down. Let’s take a look at 10 must-know tips on how to become your own role model.
When something goes wrong and it was your fault, do you accept responsibility? Or do you pass the blame onto someone else? Passing the blame is childish and demonstrates immaturity, but it also means you don’t get the chance to grow and learn from your mistakes. Leaders take responsibility for their own mistake, and for the mistakes of their team. By owning up to their errors, they are giving themselves a chance to learn from their mistakes. Accept blame. Accept you did something wrong and then learn how to eradicate these mistakes from your game.
Reacting badly to failure is another sign that you haven’t matured yet. When someone reacts badly to the first sign of failure, gives up and says: “I’ll never be good enough,” they’re not letting failure be their teacher. Failure builds character, but it also gives us the chance to iron out mistakes. Everyone fails, even the most successful people of all time. Failures are what teach us valuable lessons about how we need to do things differently. Accept that failure is an inevitable part of the journey. Use what it teaches you and move on.
Pride is one of the seven deadly sins, but there is a difference between being excessively proud of your own abilities and taking pride in your work. And it’s the latter that will help you to become your own role model. Taking pride in our work sets a good example to ourselves, as well as to others. It sets precedents and ensures we never do a sloppy job. We don’t want to let ourselves down.
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