It’s March and let’s face it, if you live anyplace where it’s cold and snowy, winter is dragging on and likely making you flinch every time you walk out your front door. At this time of year it’s easy to want to walk right back inside, climb into bed and say, “forget it!” followed by a few epithets towards a certain groundhog. As that’s not usually an option, you’ll probably have to continue out into the cold, likely grumbling and bringing those gray skies along with you wherever you go.
That’s the easy route, though. It’s easy to grumble and complain and be miserable – the weather’s gloomy, why shouldn’t you be, too!? The answer? Because it’s way better to be awesome.
Awesomeness doesn’t always just come naturally, though. Even those who seem to have been born awesome probably had to go through some training (formal or informal) to gain that nonchalant, awesome swagger. If you’re worried that you don’t have what it takes to be awesome, worry no more – just follow these steps to find your inner awesome and go from blah to awe…some!
1. Wake up every morning and say out loud, “Today I am going to be awesome.”
In order to be it you have to believe it!
2. Replicate awesomeness.
Picture someone awesome you admire – it could be a parent, teacher, friend, someone from history, or even a favorite character from a book or a movie or TV show. Make a list of that person’s (or character’s) traits that you admire and adopt a few of those traits. Generally it’s better if they are traits that will not harm or annoy those around you (ie. if the character’s name is Dexter, you’d be better off if it was the one from Dexter’s Laboratory instead of that other guy…), so keep that in mind when you’re making your list (see point 4). Some good examples: Jo March’s independence and creativity in Little Women; Sue Heck (from the TV show “The Middle”)’s optimism and joi de vivre; Abraham Lincoln’s courage in the face of abolishing slavery and winning a war…and destroying vampires; and Neville Longbottom’s willingness to fight for good against all odds (in the Harry Potter series).
3. Find what you love to do and do it.
Nothing will cause a person’s awesome light to go out quicker than by doing something they hate day after day. So quit that job as a chum scrubber and start doing something awesome! It may take some time to get to the level of awesome you want – maybe a few years of schooling or months of job searching, but don’t give up! Just working towards a more awesome goal can help you start to feel more awesome every day. (And hey, chum scrubbing can be awesome if it’s a stepping stone to, say, being a sea captain!)
4. Inspire other people to be awesome.
Now that you’re on the road to being such an awesome person yourself, you can become an awesomeness tutor. Some lessons are informal (giving lots of high-fives, smiling at everyone you see, winking roguishly at passersby) and others might be a little more involved (sitting and listening to a friend, offering words of encouragement, sending a care package, being a mentor) but each lesson will help you and your student on the path to – you guessed it – being awesome.
5. Give something back.
Nothing is more awesome than someone who’s willing to help out those in need. Plus, there are so many ways to give back! Give back to the environment by riding your bike more or recycling. Volunteer – at a soup kitchen, the Humane Society, a big brother/big sister organization, etc. Give blood! Bonus: free cookie & OJ. If your awesomeness has made you lucrative, donate to a worthy cause of your choice. (Even if you’re an awesome broke person, a few bucks can still make a difference.)
Now that you’re trained and ready, get out there and be awesome!! And never forget the wise words of Winston Churchill to a group of college students about to graduate: “Never, never, never give up!” And be sure to come back here and share your awesome success stories to inspire others.