Have you ever looked up to someone and wished you could take on their character traits? For me, I have always had a handful of people that I admire or want to "be like when I grow up."
I had a really meaningful experience in my early 20's that I want to share, a helpful exercise to tap into what you see in others, and to begin taking on those traits.
You will need a blank piece of paper or possibly a page in your journal to start.
Begin by making a list of all of the attributes you admire in others. This could be actual characteristics, or simple ideas. Mine looked something like: Kind, Humble, Intelligent, Risk Taker, Humorous, Adventurous, Athletic, Practical... The list went on and on.
Once you have your list, really take it in, read it over, notice if there are any words that stand out to you or if you left anything out.
Now here is the fun part, start to evaluate the list from the perspective of what attributes do you currently embody, and which ones do you honestly not currently display? Make a list, of the ones that are currently not a part of your make up, sometimes it can help to ask a friend as we can be our own worse critics.
Once you have your list, pick an attribute per month and put energy into embodying that trait for that month.
For instance, if kindness is something you would like to be more known for, look for ways to be kind. Open doors for others, drop off soup to your friend that has the flu. Go out of your way to hone the skill of being kind and before you know it by the end of the month you will find yourself a kinder person. You will find it is much like going to the gym to exercise your muscles, the more you use the muscle the stronger it gets. The same principle applies when integrating an attribute, the more frequently you flex your kindness muscle the stronger it will become. Once you have integrated kindness, move onto the next attribute.
The moral of the story being this; seeing what we want to aspire to be in others is important, creating a plan to evaluate the things we admire in others and a plan to integrate them is something very different. For me, active change happens when I create a plan and a system to make the new idea a working part of my life. When I made the connection that all of the attributes I admired in others were options for me too, if I practiced, I have been able to become what I most admire in others.
By being the qualities I see and admire in others, I become the person I aspire to become. Or more so, get to know the person I already am more intimately.
Do you have a role model? Someone you aspire to be like and would like help doing the exercise I listed above? Send me a note by clicking here: and let's chat about your aspirations.
Lindsey Rainwater, also known as Lindsey RainH2O, is a sought-after business consultant, leadership coach, writer and presenter to the fitness and wellness industry. For more information about Rainwater, follow her on Twitter @LindseyRainH2O