Being a role-model is not easy, especially since it is a function we don’t often choose, but rather find ourselves pushed into. Suddenly you’re having to watch all aspects of your behaviour, including your reaction to certain situations. That said, anybody can be a role-model simply by adhering to the following:
- There’s a chance you’re already influencing the people you interact with, without even knowing it. Make sure any influence you have is positive.
- Don’t settle for mediocre behaviour. Always expect the very best of yourself, and of others.
- Be an inspiration, and always demonstrate good behaviour supported by high values. Be open and honest about your mistakes, always look at how you react in negative situations, and always consider how you treat other people.
- Make sure that your beliefs are fair and objective, but more importantly – stand for something. Believe what you say, and always say what you believe, but be open to considering different opinions.
- Be known for being open, honest and trustworthy, and for always finishing what you start.
- Always treat other people the way you would expect to be treated.
- Speak up against poor behaviour, and hold people accountable for their behaviour.
- Remember you are also silently judged on the company you keep. Surround yourself with people whose behaviour and principles mirror your own, or who themselves are role-models to you.
- Nobody is perfect. As stated earlier, be open and honest about any mistakes you make, and always consider what you can learn from the mistakes you make. Doing so will help you grow and – more importantly – inspire others.
In this week’s South African Sign Language lesson, Karabo discusses being a role-model with a young woman who feels her sister is spoilt.