Who Inspires you? Who makes you feel like you'd like to achieve more in your life? Who encourages you to succeed, and don't forget success can be from keeping your goldfish alive to career goals, competition results or not burning the cake you've made for the first time?
Who are your Inspiring Characters?
A few years back I trained with a therapist called Martin Webster, an ex-army with many combat tours under his belt. As a sufferer of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), he'd turned his life around to help others. Martin had become a master practitioner in Spectrum Therapy, Neuro Linguistic Programming and Relaxation. He trained us to be able to work with others and the techniques we were show, I still use today with sports people. I'm no Sports Psychologist but the techniques have transferred well to help others succeed in sport from BMX Racing, Motocross, Gymnastics, Boxing and Surfing.
Anyway, this little exercise is such a valuable tool to help you understand a little more about who and what makes you a better person. So while everyone is at home with their families, give it a go. But here's the key....Be Honest. Be honest with yourself and be honest with your answers.
Think of your Top 3 Inspirational Characters (note: you do not have to know them or have ever met them). These are people that have come into your life, part of your live, past or present, those Inspiring characters who have some form of positive impact, and if Marvel Super Heroes come into your head, that's OK. But why do they inspire you?
Ask yourself and answer these questions....
1. What did or do they teach you? For example the honest answer here is not Football, darts or a particular activity. Think values, ideals etc. So ask yourself again, What did they teach you?
2. What did or do you learn from them? Again, not dribbling a ball, tennis swing or tying your shoelaces? Did you learn specifically. e.g Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what your going to get next!
3. How did or do they make you feel when your with them? You can answer that one but remember you don't have to met them, they just inspire you.
4. Who are you when your with them (or see them or read about them)? Remember be honest...Who are You when your with them? Again, this might be a TV personality you watch on a regular basis but Who are You when your with them?
Once you have answered these questions written them down, reflect on your answers. Then ask this last question of yourself.
Start by asking yourself these questions? Imagine yourself as an inspirational character, how would you like to be remembered? How would you like people to feel after they have met you?
Here's my three and I'll post the reasons why tomorrow!
Chris Hines (Surfers Against Sewage)
Freddy Warwick (Former Royal Marine)
My Dad who passed in 2018.
(Ist Reserve..... My Mum because she's just frickin amazing and explain why?
I hope you like this, please give it a go and let me know in the comments how you get on.