Ask yourself… would you frequent a dentist if they had bad teeth or a hairdresser with bad hair?  Why or why not?  Looking back at the heroes of our youth, didn’t we look to them to set the example and inspire us?  Living by example may seem like such a simple concept, but it also seems to be in short supply when we look around at our current world, and see far too many examples of hypocrisy, flawed integrity and general lack of accountability.  Who do we want our children to look to for examples of authentic living?

In the words of Ghandi, “We must be the change we wish to see in the world.”  We each have an opportunity every day to live and lead by example.  Seems like a huge undertaking, right?  

Well, it does not have to be.  If you are a landscaper, then you can live by example by keeping your own property well-groomed. If you are a healthcare worker, you can lead by example by maintaining a healthy weight, and limiting your intake of toxins like tobacco and alcohol.  If you are a stay at home parent, who wants your kids to have high self-esteem then you can take time to take care of yourself, and show them you have a high self-worth.  A professional in the fitness industry can walk their talk by exercising regularly and eating well to maintain a fit body, and set an example to which their clients can aspire.

This is your challenge!  Just for today, be brave enough to ask yourself if there is a way you can live more authentically and go for it!