- “Role model is not a comma after your name. It’s not a designation that you get from some school or university. It’s not a certification. It’s a decision and an intention that you’re going to be a force of positivity and good influence in this world.”
- If you’d like to make a big impact on the world, one of the most necessary ingredients is becoming a role model. In this episode, be inspired to inspire others, lead others, and make people feel safe and heard.
- “Soon as you step into the role model mindset, you free yourself from so many nonsensical concerns.”
- It’s important to recognize your feelings and energy, however, don’t get stuck in your emotions. In this episode, learn how to keep perspective and the role model mindset will fall into place.
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1. Remember People Are Looking Up to You
The role model mindset says: I know people are watching how I deal with this, so I’m not going to just do it, you know? Like, I’m aware that I’m a person of influence with others, even if that means they’re my peers or my friends, I was aware that our behaviors and energy impact other people, and I took responsibility for that. And that was a game-changing moment. And like some of you who went during the pandemic, if you were in my audience at that time, and I mean my community, our global audience, social media, whatever, if you go back and you watch my – I did a whole series for our coaching clients at the time in the first months of the pandemic and some of those you can go back and look on YouTube as well. I think we released a few of them for free and it was about how to deal with crises. The central teaching back then was: hey, be a role model through this time of uncertainty. Your kids are watching how you deal with this pandemic. Your kids are watching how you’re dealing with this uncertainty. And if you don’t have children, your friends are, your spouse is, someone is observing how you’re dealing with the difficulties of life and you have a chance to inspire them.
2. Choose to Be a Positive Force
And soon as you realize that opportunity with – when you’re with other people, you have an opportunity to inspire them. To me, that is the role model mindset. I’m going to take it upon myself to be a role model in other people’s lives, not because they gave me permission to do it, not because they expect it, not because I’m an expert, not because I have an ego, but because I’ve read enough books that say, you know what? Somebody changed my life. All those self-help books, it’s always the same thing. All the great biographies. You cannot read a great biography without a person saying, this person inspired me to be better. And that person is never, you know, necessarily the person they sought out.
It might be a grandma, it might be a teacher, one of the teachers at school, it might be a neighbor, but somebody was a role model to them and a role model is not a comma after your name. It’s not a designation that you get from some school or university. It’s not a certification. It’s a decision and an intention that you’re going to be a force of positivity and good influence in this world. You just decide it.
It’s one of the great things about my career. I never waited for anyone to say, Brendon, you can teach people stuff. You’re now qualified to share insights about life. What I did instead said, I’m going to be a role model. I’m going to help people deal with these situations by sharing what I’ve learned. And what I learned originally was from books. Then it became from coaching. Then it became from training. Then it became from our own pioneering research. Then it became from just having, you know, a global community of coaches is doing the work and getting feedback.
And so for me, I wasn’t – I never thought – you don’t have to be the smartest person in the room to be a role model. You have to be kind, compassionate, understanding, share your truth, let other people see you strive and work and try to reach your potential.
3. Don’t Let Your Concerns Control You
Soon as you step into the role model mindset, you free yourself from so many nonsensical concerns.
Soon as you step into the role model mindset, you free yourself from so many nonsensical concerns because you’re like, you know what? If I was being a role model, I wouldn’t freak out about that. I’d keep perspective. If I was being a role model, I wouldn’t freak out about this thing. I’d handle it well. See, sometimes we’re stuck in our own emotions, but the understanding we have the social influence on other people says, you know what? It’s okay if right now I choose to be strong, even though I feel weak because these folks need to see me being strong and you can be honest and let them know, hey, I’m feeling weak, but I’m going to do this. I’m going to take this action and be honest. I’m going to move through this.
So, it’s not about being fake. It’s not about faking it til you make it. It’s about recognizing that your energy impacts other people, you know?
4. Take Responsibility For Your Energy
Another throwback to Oprah, she said one of the defining shows she ever had was when a woman was on her show sharing the story of when she had walked back at this – I think it was a newsroom. And in the back there was a sign that said, please be responsible for the energy you bring into this space.
Please be responsible for the energy you bring into this space.
That’s – that social awareness that is the role model like, oh, you know what? I don’t want to be a grumpy jerk. I need to get a hold of my own emotions because I realize that I influence other people. And once we can do that, we see outside of ourselves. Now, you get to think big picture, too.
For those who are entrepreneurs, if you are a role model to other CEOs in the world, what would your actions be this week? If you were to become a role model to the other CEOs in this world, what would your actions be this week? I ask my sports stars who I coach all the time: okay, when you win that Olympic gold, how are you going to be a role model to the kids, to the youngsters trying to be you? Immediately getting people to think about that. Even before we’re at the Olympics, even before on a championship field, I’m asking them: okay, tell me about how you are going to be a role model to others because it inspires the best in you and it places you in a social context to see beyond yourself.
Because many people will do more for others than they will do for themselves, and when you tap into that, you realize that your actions right now are role modeling something. Becomes very powerful.