The Value of a Mentor

I’m sure many of you can recall at least one or two people who truly made a positive impact in your life, they may have taught you how to be successful or maybe how to be confident or helped you see your full potential; no matter what the impact was, the one thing they helped you to do was grow.

I can’t stress enough how important it is to continually have a mentor in your life because there are so many stages in life that are full of potential and you should always continue to grow.

When choosing a mentor look for those people whose floor is your ceiling, in other words someone who is where you want to be, someone you look up to and admire and most importantly someone who holds the same values and beliefs as you.

I recently heard someone say, “If you are ahead of the class then you need to get out of that class” and I thought, wow, that is so true.

Often times we strive to be the best of the best, to be #1, and to be ahead of everyone else but when you are ahead of the class what do have left to learn?

It’s imperative to surround yourself with people who are one step ahead of you and who make you stretch out of your comfort zone and that’s exactly what a mentor does.

They should be honest but encouraging; they should give you direction and guidance but let you find your own way; they should lift you up but also allow you to fall down.

There are no limits as to what a mentor can teach you and help you achieve, that’s why having this type of person in your life is so invaluable.

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Paying it Forward

What is also as invaluable is paying it forward, as you grow and move up the ladder you should make sure to reach back and do the same for someone else.

What you learn has no value unless you share it with others and water them with knowledge and wisdom so that they too can grow.

If you currently don’t have a mentor in your life, I recommend you start your search now.

Look around you, a mentor can be a teacher, a church leader, a business owner, a friend; they come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, just find someone who you admire and look up to.

I am a woman of faith, so of course my savior Jesus Christ will always be a mentor in my life and someone I will continually strive to live up to.

I also have a mentor at my church, someone who is much wiser in their faith and leads a life that I one day would like to lead, they help guide me in the right direction when it comes to my relationship with God.

I also have a mentor in the business facet of my life, this is also someone much wiser than I who constantly encourages and pushes me beyond my limits; they help me believe in my full potential even when I don’t see it.

This is to say that you can never have too many mentors, there are so many aspects of our lives and areas that we can grow in, so make sure not to limit yourself.

If you want to be more confident find someone who is, if you want to have a closer relationship with God find someone who does, if you want to be successful find someone who is already there and then remember to one day be that person to someone else.

Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17 ESV)

Do you currently have a mentor in your life? Are you a mentor to someone else?
If so, what impact has it had on your life?

I’d love to hear your feedback and thoughts on this post, so please share in the comments below.

If you don’t have a mentor in your life or don’t know where to start, please contact me and I will help you find one.

Thanks for visiting and God bless.

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