Everyone in society should be a role model, not only for their own self-respect, but for respect from others. — Barry Bonds
Want to be a better son, father, daughter or mother? Trying to be a better employee, boss, boyfriend, girlfriend, or spouse? Want to be a better leader for others? Want to be someone who others look up to for strength and motivation?
It’s all about being a better role model. We all play various different roles. At work, we are fulfilling our role as an employee, and at home, we are contributing to our family. When we become a better role model, we can improve all our relationships and our quality of life. We can get closer to achieving success, happiness, and help others. So how do we become a better role model?
Look at your own role models
Who inspires you? Who do you look up to, and go to for advice? When you consider your different role models, consider their strengths. What do you admire about them, and what qualities do they have that you would like to also have? Use your role models as your guidelines to take you in the right direction.
Consider your strengths and weaknesses
We all have strengths and weaknesses, so what are they? Consider your weaknesses, and which ones you would like to improve. Take your strengths, and think about ways you can use them to be a better role model for others.
Ask for help
If you want to become a better listener or more patient, ask for help. Do some research and let those who are already doing well pass along some advice. Try getting constructive feedback from someone you trust, and constantly work on improving your skill.
Consider what you would want
If you had the perfect role model, what would they be like? Maybe your current role models don’t possess all the qualities that your ideal role model would have, and that’s okay. No one is perfect, but you can use your ideal role model as a source of inspiration for how to become a better role model. When we are working on becoming the best version of ourselves, we will naturally grow and help others in the process.
Benefits of being a better role model
As with many things in life, there is always room for improvement but with some of these tips, we can work a little each day in moving in the right direction. Being a better role model can help our relationships, our self-esteem, and help us find better role models.
Even if you do not know who you are inspiring, I urge you to keep going. Most of us don’t acknowledge our role models because we think they already know, or we are embarrassed to tell them that they inspire us. With that being said, it’s important to keep doing your best, as you may be inspiring more people than you think. If you have the courage to thank your role model, go ahead and do so, I’m sure they’d appreciate it. Otherwise, just use them as a teacher and learn from them. We can all be a role model for someone, and make this world a little better for one another.