Sunday, November 23, 2014

My Strategy On Being A Mentor


"First, I'll tell you how to do it, I'll show you how to do it, I'll do it with you, I'll watch you do it, and then I'll let you fly."

One of the most rewarding aspects of my business is leadership development and personal growth. As an individual, we get to a certain level of success and then turn around and help others achieve similarly. As we help others get to where we are, we also get an opportunity to advance toward the next level (or lesson) in our developmental journey.

Lately, what I have come to value is the importance of being a mentor (and later, even a coach, cheerleader, and counselor). Please understand that I'm not perfect, nor do I have it all figured out, but I trust the Lord, follow his commandments, get around other leaders who are further along in their development then me, learn from them, and then turn around to assist someone with navigating the "mind field" to where I am today.

It is a powerful strategy to get us closer to our dreams. Find someone who has what you want and do what they do. If you're a mentor, turn around and give information freely to those who are hungry to both receive it and do something with it.

Here's a lesson: Spend your time with those who deserve it, not those who need it. While it may sound harsh, it will keep you sane (as a mentor) and help you avoid wasting energy or breath. The ones who deserve your time are the ones who LISTEN and APPLY the knowledge. This is an important distinction.

While many WANT change, only a few will ever take ACTION to actually make it real. Pour into everyone (mainly in groups), but spend your individual (one-on-one) time with those who deserve it.

Today is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it. Make the most of today. Seek to be better today than you were yesterday.

Let's get it, Champions!

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