When I was in university, long ago, I went through a Tony Robbins phase.
His book, Unleash the Power Within, had some ideas that were completely foreign to me—from neurolinguistic programming to food pairing and all kinds of other “life hacks”.
I was young and impressionable, and this stuff was like nothing I had encountered before.
Anyway – one of the things that stood out to me was the idea of modelling success. The idea is if you want to succeed, the easiest way is to find someone doing what you want to do and model their behaviour.
Today, I have many role models. I look at people in business and other areas that resemble the kind of life I’d like to build and I use them for reference in helping me get there.
This helps guide my actions—at least a little bit.
If you’re fuzzy about your future and how to get there, you might want to consider stopping right now and think of three people whose life or business you’d like to model—at least in some small way.
You don’t need to know them, you just need to be able to study or observe their actions and habits.
Knowing what you’re trying to accomplish is 80% of the battle. Once you know, you can find people who’s actions you can model to speed up the process of getting there.
You’ll still end up with your own unique future—we’re “imperfect mirrors” after all, as Derek Sivers says.
So, who are you going to start modelling?