We all have heroes and role models whom we admire. There are certain traits or characteristics that draw us to someone. I think it’s safe to say that most of us are drawn to people who are kind, outgoing, honest, loyal, and brave.
Small Detour to Talk About Smiling
Are you drawn to people who smile? I know I’m drawn to them like a freaking magnet. In fact, I rarely walk away from them without a smile of my own.
My Grandma always said, “Keep smiling, it will make people wonder what you’ve been up to.”
I need to make a more conscious effort to smile. It’s the best tool I have to communicate friendship and happiness; and according to my Grandma, mischievousness. Are you smiling right now? If not I have 3 life changing words for you: Can’t Touch This.
Now Back To Qualities We Admire
We all have people in our lives that have some type of positive impact on us. If you feel like you don’t, reevaluate the people around you. It might be time for a change of peer scenery. Or it might be time for a change of how we see people. We need to seek out people who stand for something. People who possess the qualities we admire so much. Sometimes those qualities can even be found in inanimate objects like brands or fictional characters.
I thought long and hard and picked 4 things or people that possess the qualities I strive to obtain in my life and I challenge you to do the same. Here they are in no particular order.
- Nike (the brand) – Creative, powerful, the ability to create positive change, no excuses.
- My Dad (the person) – A great friend, the exact same person with money or without, a sponge for knowledge.
- My Grandma (the person) – Never wavering, faithful through all trials, she is truly enduring to the end.
- Superman (the superhero) – A life of service, charity, and looks great in spandex.
My core values shine through pretty clearly as I review the list I made.
- I want to be creative and share my creations with those people who will appreciate them. I want to use that creativity to instill positive change.
- I want to avoid making excuses.
- I never want money, or a lack thereof, to change who I am.
- I want to constantly be learning.
- I want to be a good friend and focus on serving and helping the people around me.
- I never want to give up, no matter what.
- I want to look great in blue spandex J
Those examples give me a very clear picture of what I strive to be, and now that I know, I can start creating the path to achieving it.
Make Your Journey Personal
After recognizing what exactly we strive to become, it’s ultimately our responsibility to go out and get it. We can learn from these people, and brands, and superheroes, but we need to find our own way to achieve that end.
We need to learn as much as we can from these great examples, but we need to be very careful not to compare ourselves with them. This journey isn’t about being Steven Covey, or Robin Hood, or Steve Jobs. This journey is about becoming the best Y-O-U. A wise friend once told me, “Be comfortable in your own skin.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself.
YOUR WAY IS THE RIGHT WAY.
1. Identify what draws you to people.
3. Make a specific list of what you strive to be.
4. Learn from people who exemplify what you strive to be.
5. Pave your own path (find what works for you).
6. Be your best self.
You can find more ramblings from Ryan at No More Bacon, a blog where he attempts to cut the fat from his waistline, wallet, relationships, and more. He wants to be better today than he was yesterday and is willing to try just about anything to pull it off. Follow the madness.