We like to think that we are thoughtful, original thinkers blazing a new trail with our lives. However, the reality is that thinking is hard. Our day-to-day living is only possible because of conventions. It is very hard, if not outright impossible to get through your day without following established conventions. The only reason you can read this, and it makes sense to you, is because we have established symbols and syntax that make up the English language. You cannot make up your own symbols and insist that is what you would use to engage the world. To survive in life, you must copy and imitate ideas, lifestyle and customs.
You will start out in life by imitating others. You take a look at what they are doing, and then you copy the same into your own situation. It is impossible to live without imitating and copying others. If you have to copy, then you might as well choose where you copy from wisely. Apostle Paul wrote, “imitate me, just as I imitate Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1 AMP). This timeless truth of the Bible deserves your attention; imitate those who have obtained the promise. Imitate me as I imitate Christ. You should be imitating somebody.
You need to prayerfully develop a list of 3 to 6 people that represent the kind of future you dream about and use them as a model to order your own life. They should be a mix of living masters and those who have transitioned to glory as well. You have to use them as a guide to order your life. You are able to save time, decades of your life by giving yourself the permission to imitate people who have accomplished great things in their life. Without such discipline and order in your life, you will not be able to settle down on time to begin your life’s work. The biggest irony of it all is that when you imitate your role models, you do not become their carbon copy. You rather begin to manifest your own uniqueness. Which is what you wanted all along.