“I don’t want to see you crippled by insecurity like I was for so many years. It really affected our marriage.”
I sat across the table from one of my mentor’s at Tim Horton’s, drinking my coffee and dancing around the idea of looking in the mirror to examine my own pain.
She had just opened up her heart, because she wanted to see me overcome a hurdle much faster than she did.
She saw the dreams in my heart, and believed in them. Yet she also looked at where I was at as an individual and challenged me to work on my deeper issues so I could be successful later on.
I have had many mentors in my life, a couple who stick out as ones who have poured their heart and soul into me.
If I hadn’t allowed someone into my life to share their experiences and challenge my own, there is no way I would be where I am today.
Mentoring isn’t just for business people or rising leaders. Mentoring can be life-changing for every person.
Here are three reasons YOU need a mentor.
1. You benefit from someone else’s mistakes. There is no better way to avoid the biggest mistakes that can set us back then by having someone share those mistakes with you.
My husband and I have avoided some painful situations because our mentors imparted to us the importance of coming into agreement through prayer. They had to learn it the hard way, we didn’t.
A mentor – someone whose hindsight can become your foresight. – Anonymous
2. You will experience expedited growth. Whatever area you feel stuck in, an outside person is going to be able to see road blocks. I have asked many older moms why I feel so frustrated sometimes with where I am at. More often than not they share with me that they can tell I’m probably letting my priorities get out of whack.
I can receive in a moment what it took some of them years to learn.
Pride leads to conflict, those who take advice are wise.
3. You will help others sooner. Freely you receive, freely you give. As you learn and grow at a faster rate through the blessing of mentoring, you are then compelled to share with others and enter a mentoring relationship with them.
This moving statement by Edward Everett Hale will reflect the passion in your heart to give what you have received.
I am only one, but I am one. I can’t do everything, but I can do something. And what I can do, I ought to do. And what I ought to do, by the Grace of God, I shall do.
As you receive mentoring, and then give the gift of mentorship, you’ll be hit with the boomerang of blessing.