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“Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.”
(Mark Twain)

Fans of the TV series The West Wing may recall the phrase “What would Leo do?”. Leo was a well respected and experienced character and the question was used when another character was stuck and wondering what course of action should be taken.

The term role model is often used for a “person who serves as an example, whose behaviour is emulated by others.” This can be someone known personal or somebody who’s story is known but has not been meet in person. This means if you were to ask you could get told about a family member, a friend, work colleague, someone well known in a particular field, a celebrity – it may even be a fictitious character.

I’d like to suggest that rather than a role model making you feel inspired or motivated they act as a catalyst to making it easy for you to feel that way.

While a judgemental comparison of yourself with others can be a great way to induce self doubt, role models can be a fantastic way to use the actions of others to get in touch with or spark your inspiration and motivation. While there are other ways to do that this week I invite you to play with the idea of role models.

You may find this easier to do with your eyes closed.

1. Who are your role models?

2. If there is one, pick situation you are stuck with or one that you would like more inspiration and motivation.

3 Imagine that your role model(s) have observed you in this situation. Have a chat with your role model(s) and get their first impression. (Not sure how to start the chat? Hello and there name is always a good place to start ;) )

4 What advice does your role model have to give you?

5. What would they do in this situation?

6. Is there anything else that your role model has to share with you?

7. When you’ve both finished your conversation, thank your role model for their time and advice and come back to the room that you are in.

Have a lovely inspired and motivated week




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