A company without vision is one that is going nowhere fast. Much the same, an individual without sight of who they hope to become will not end up very far. Yet, is it possible to know the best path to go down? Certainly, not always.
At times, life can feel like you are lost at sea without any inclination of which direction to go. No clues, no easy button, just time that is slowly slipping away. One could see this possibility as a wonderful opportunity to reinvent who they become. The options are endless. But, sometimes that feeling of endless possibilities can become overwhelming and much more daunting than a well laid-out course.
Thus, one solution is to pinpoint others that have gone before you and created a life that you desire. If you don’t know specifically which direction to go, why not decide who it is that you want to become? This way, you can dissect what it is that these individuals did differently that ultimately set them apart from the crowd.
In effect, your role model could be someone that you have only read about or someone within your company that you look up to. In fact, having a wide variety of individuals that you can connect with in different ways can serve to teach many life lessons. Whether it be reading a book of theirs or actually getting to know them as a person, having these leaders in some form in your life is critical to reaching your own potential.
Otherwise, you get lost in the crowd and end up doing what everyone else is doing for no particular reason. This ultimately results in a watered-down version of yourself and who really wants that? By following someone else’s lead, you take the first step down a path that makes more sense to you.
This is not to say that you cannot decide to change directions and forge your own path along the way. But, at least by taking the first step to learn from others, your path becomes clearer. You start to make decisions intentionally instead of just letting life happen to you. You have a greater purpose to why you do what you do.
And even though you might not know it, you are probably a role model for someone else. So, make sure that what you are teaching is something worth learning...You never know who could actually be listening.