The Importance of Mentors
If you're anything like me, I always assumed mentors were Dragons' Den style, hard pushing, driven machines, but after years of sourcing and exploring various mentors, I realise mentors can come in all shapes and sizes and not just for business either.
Some mentors you may never meet, but they still guide you via the back seat of your car whilst you drive with a CD playing.
Mentors can help you develop your life, your health and/or your business. Some will encompass all three, like I do (clue: even mentors need mentors!)
I have many mentors, you might not have any, or just one, there's no fixed rule - so long as you're getting what you need from your mentor(s), that is what is important!
What do mentors do?
- They offer guidance, based on experience or knowledge in their field. Personal Trainers mentor health and fitness, Therapists mentor lifestyle and facilitate wellbeing, business coaches mentor people to success and personal development.
- You can trust a mentor. They only ever have your best interests at heart - they are acting on your behalf remember!
- Mentors will get you to FOCUS. They will keep you on track, even when you want to wander. They will remind you why you're doing what you're doing and refocus you when you need it.
- If you need accountability to get STUFF done, a mentor is what you need. They will keep you to your word and challenge you if you haven't done what you set out to achieve.
- Mentors think outside the box to bring ideas to your table that you didn't think of yourself. Now how could that power benefit your life and health and/or business?!
- They share your highs with you, but they'll pull you out of your lows too. Be honest, we all have them and could all do with a helping hand every now and again!
- Mentors are honest. Brutally honest sometimes! But if they know you are not fulfilling the potential that you have within you, they are there to draw it out of you!
A very wise mentor of mine once snapped me out of a low patch, when she reminded me of this.
One day, it might benefit you too.
'Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one getting burned.'