Growing up we looked to our role models for inspiration and used them as a blueprint for how we should behave. This was likely a survival function designed to help us mimic the traits of the successful members of our society, thereby helping us become successful too. At the same time in later life its thought that our happiness is very much based on our perception of how our life should or could be and the gap between that and how it is in reality. In other words it’s striving for that same kind of success and achieving it that brings us happiness. This is called ‘actualization’ by Goldstein. –Mark Thomas
Who is your role model? Who is someone you look up to and strive to be like? For what reasons and which qualities are they admirable?
We chose "Role Models" as our first blog topic because we find that it's important in the process of reaching your dreams. We both have numerous role models that we look up to for our own unique reasons. Heather admires people such as Brian Cain, Ashley Conrad, and Noah Galloway. She admires Brian Cain for his mental conditioning. She admires Ashley Conrad for her innovative methods and trademark style. She strongly admires Noah Galloway, whom she grew even fonder of after having had the pleasure of meeting him. Noah, a United States Army Soldier who was injured during the Iraq War, lost his left arm and left leg. Despite adversities, he became a personal trainer and motivational speaker. These people inspire Heather because they have aided in paving the roads for success in fitness training, both mentally and physically. I, Kelsey, admire many philanthropists, activists, authors, and bloggers. I admire people like Katie Davis, who traveled to Uganda at the age of 18 and adopted 13 daughters, ultimately following God's calling for her life. I admire the creators of my favorite companies that give back, such as Mitscoots and The Shine Project. While our role models are different in their callings, they are the same in the sense that they have used their given talents to make an impact on the world around them. They found a need in the world and they fulfilled it. That's what we ultimately desire to do.
• If you want something then find someone who has done it or is doing it right now, and emulate them. Surround yourself with people who are either on the same mission, or are supportive in what it is you want to accomplish.
• Should our happiness depend on becoming our role models? No. We are all unique and have unique experiences, situations, opportunities, gifts, talents, losses, and gains. Comparison is often the thief of joy. Steve Furtick once said; "The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel." How true is this statement?! We shouldn't look on others success and negatively criticize our own. If I want to make sure I’m staying on track towards my goals, I’m going to re-evaluate what I do, think, say, and feel on a daily basis. Maybe I need to make a few adjustments, or maybe I am exactly where I need to be on the path of pursuing my dreams.
• Brian Cain taught Heather the million dollar question: What do you know now that you wish you knew then? This would be a great question to ask anyone doing what you hope to do one day. It could save you time, losses, mistakes, and ultimately get you in the fast lane towards your dream job, body, and life. Are you willing to ask the million dollar question?
We have created this business, this mission, because it combines our passions and talents. We are able to help others reach their fitness goals. We are able to help others grow stronger, both mentally and physically, therefore building their confidence. We are able to connect to more people than we ever knew possible. Through social media, we were able to not only brand our mission, but put it to life. Through our sketchpads, we are able to give back to our community. We mirror our role models.
Who are your role models, and what can you learn from them?