What Would Robert Redford Do?

Robert Redford

One way to tell if you’re stuck is a lingering sense of dissatisfaction without a clear solution or path.  I have to confess. Whenever I get stuck, I mean, really stuck, I ask myself, “What would Robert Redford do?”

When I’m nervous or fearful about the outcome of a situation, I search for a glimpse of how I envision Robert Redford would act in my exact situation. When I visualize him in my shoes, I feel more grounded and certain. How could I not be?  I have now become a persona of how I view Robert Redford:  confident, courageous, authentic, articulate, wise, and calm.

  • Who is your ideal role model, living or dead, real or imagined, with whom you identify?
  • What experiences, capabilities, characteristics, values, and beliefs make this person an ideal role model for you?
  • How might you personify and allow the traits of your role model to emerge from yourself?  What do you need to learn and unlearn to enable this to happen?
  • What stretch goals do you have that your new-found persona can readily achieve?  Specifically, what bold action will you now take?

Napoleon Hill once said, “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.”

I believe in you.  Do you?

Written By: Clyde C. Lowstuter


This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Warren Anderson

    Good thoughts. It reminds me of the desperate need for good role models in the AfricanAmerican community. Currently 73 percent of black babies are born outside of wedlock. The best predictor of poverty is the single-parent family. Who does a black child have that he or she can look up to?

    Thanks for contacting me.

    Warren Anderson

  2. Dave Haataja

    Been there. I use Sean Connery, loved his resourcefulness in medicine man and his Bond films. It is his calm “I can handle it” demeanor, whatever befalls him that inspired me.

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