Being a Role Model

Being a role model is not about being perfect. It’s about being authentic and compassionate, and inspiring others to become better versions of themselves.

Being a role model is often misunderstood as the pursuit of perfection, but in reality, it’s about embracing your imperfections and being authentically yourself. Authenticity is the cornerstone of effective role modeling. It’s the willingness to show vulnerability, acknowledge mistakes, and learn from them that makes you relatable and genuine. Through your authenticity, you can demonstrate the power of resilience, self-improvement, and empathy. By radiating compassion, you create a safe space for others to be themselves, accept their flaws, and grow. The essence of being a role model lies in inspiring and uplifting others, not by holding an unattainable standard of perfection but by showing them the beauty of embracing their unique journey toward becoming better individuals.

Role models don’t need a spotlight or a pedestal; they can be found in everyday life, among friends, family members, teachers, and colleagues. They leave their mark by their consistent display of kindness, integrity, and determination. Being a role model is a dynamic process that involves personal growth and mutual inspiration. When you inspire someone to become a better version of themselves, you become part of their journey, supporting them in their pursuit of self-improvement. The impact you have on others extends far beyond your actions and words; it leaves an enduring legacy that encourages a cycle of compassion, authenticity, and self-betterment.

Your Turn

Light the way for others to embrace their own journey towards becoming the best versions of themselves.

Here are some journal prompts you can reflect on to explore this quote.

  1. Reflect on someone who has been a role model in your life. What specific qualities or actions of theirs have inspired you to become a better person?
  2. Write about a time when you were inspired by someone’s authenticity and compassion. How did their actions influence your own behavior and choices?
  3. Consider the idea of authenticity in your own life. Are there moments when you’ve been vulnerable and authentic with others? How did it affect your relationships?
  4. Explore the concept of self-improvement and growth. In what areas of your life do you aspire to become a better version of yourself, and how might you inspire others along the way?
  5. Reflect on your personal values and how they align with the idea of being a role model. What values do you want to embody to inspire others?
  6. Explore the idea of leaving a lasting legacy as a role model. How can your actions today contribute to a positive, enduring impact on others and future generations?

5-Minute Cup Filler

True role models inspire by being genuine, showing vulnerability, and guiding others towards their own greatness. It’s not about being flawless, but about sharing the lessons learned along the way, igniting the spark within others to rise and shine.

BECOME AWARE:  Notice any observations (gaps, triggers, patterns, and situations) that you want to re-evaluate.  What is the impact (positive or negative) you want to change?

BE GRATEFUL: Rephrase your observations into the choice you can be grateful for.  What is the “better version of you” you choose instead?

I am grateful for __(insert observation)___ because it gives me a chance to __(insert change)___ .

TAKE ACTION: What is one choice (when you become aware again) you can make to improve the outcome?
Name an action you choose to take throughout the day to reinforce.

Jen Weis

The publisher of Morning Cup.