SO SHOES ON
This weekend, Im in Budapest for a training weekend. I organized it, but I was not the facilitator, sort of a personally made business trip. I also took my running gear with me, as usual. Although I didnt plan ahead this time when and how much will I run, but I set the goal to run at least one time, and walk 30 minutes every day.
Suddenly I had some free time in the morning yesterday. I decided to use it for a short run as I contracted with myself. I asked my host the night before if there are any good locations nearby to run. I was surprised, as he said there is a running track a few blocks away in the park. I didn't know about it all! So, shoes on, lets hit the track.
THEN I NOTICED
During the 2nd lap, I noticed this ~60 year old guy running in front of me. It was the second time I passed him, but now, he came into my attention.
I was thinking, how great, at this age, I also want to be like him. Be out, and running. Maybe I will have some issues with my health, I wont look like a new titan, but I want to be out there like him.
Then I noticed another guy, about 45-50, sitting on a bench, drinking a beer. And I started to think, yes sitting, time off, on a nice bench, in a park, this is something good to do. Relax, time for myself.
Then, I passed by him, and the running grandpa was again in sight. Yes, and again, my thoughts came, I want to do like him, when Ill be 60.
THE SIMPLE PRESENCE
And then I realized: these two persons were modeling a behavior for me, without even knowing that they are doing it. There simple presence, and doing what they were doing, had an effect on me.
And probably I do the same for other people.
Im also a role model for my friends, family, colleagues, training participants, people on the street. I AM present somewhere in the World, and I do MODEL a behavior for others, intentionally or not.
So, what behavior do you model with your behavior for the people around you?
Do you like what you model?
If you could do in intentionally, what behavior would you model for others?