5 Reasons You Can Go Further Faster with a Mentor

Why Mentors Can Make All the Difference

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Keep your elbow in when you shoot the basketball.” I remember hearing those words thousands of times growing up. I was fortunate to have a Dad that was not only my mentor but my basketball coach.

Behind every success in life, stands a mentor. Someone who lovingly told us what we were doing wrong and praised us when we did something right.

Mentors can be found at home, school, sports field, church, and in business. But something funny begins as the years pass by.

The older we get the fewer mentors we often pursue.

Maybe this is because we want to do things our way. Maybe it’s because we think we are more patriotic if we pursue the American dream on our own in order to make a name for ourselves.

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The truth is we always go further faster with a mentor.

Reason #1: Clarity – A mentor can clearly see the path in front of you

Clarity doesn’t come from thinking harder. Ever wonder why solving other people’s problems are easy, but when we have the same problem it’s extremely difficult. We can’t see the forrest from the trees.

As a mentor once shared with me, “It’s hard to read the label when you are inside the bottle.” Studies have been done to confirm this as a reality. Thinking harder doesn’t always work. We need an outside perspective.

Reason #2: Potential – A mentor can lift the lid on what’s possible

In our own thoughts, we often limit ourselves. We become our worse critic. We miss the genius in what we do. We devalue our gifts. We place glass lids on our own potential.

A great mentor lifts the lid on your potential. They give you reasons why you should believe in yourself again. They give you reasons why you can, when in your own thinking you give yourself all the reasons why you can’t.

Reason #3: Focus – A mentor can infuse confidence by telling us what to avoid

Focus is a sacred gift. Focus is how books get written, courses get launched, and lives get changed. Nothing great was ever accomplished without great amounts of focus.

Books don’t write themselves and businesses are not built without focus. But in order to get to focus you must strip away the nonessential. You must stop doing the good so you can spend time on the great.

A mentor gives you confidence by stripping away the excess and offering you the gift of focus. If you want focus, find a mentor.

Reason #4: Accountability – A mentor can help you take ownership of your life, your future, and your business

Accountability is often seen as a negative word. It is often viewed as inviting someone to be the “bad cop” in your life or work. But at the center of true accountability is ownership.

If you and I are going to reach the dreams God has placed in our hearts, we must step into a new level of ownership with our lives and work. Having a mentor who breaks our workload down to the essential and then follows up with our progress, gifts us with both focus and ownership.

Reason #5: Results – A mentor helps your dreams become a reality

We all want results. Whether it is in our personal lives, our relationships or our business, we want to see results.

When your life is filled with clarity long enough, along with focus and accountability, you can’t help but achieve amazing results. A mentor makes dreams become a reality.

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    Jonathan has been blogging since 2009 and is still in awe that the Creator of the Universe desires to have a relationship with him. His passions include spending time with his kids, reading, March Madness, surprise get-a-way trips with his wife, and watching funny YouTube videos.

    • http://www.markjcundiff.com/ Mark J Cundiff

      Good reminders Jonathan! I am seeing so much of this play out with my youngest son who has been taking electric guitar lessons for the past five years from the same teacher. Seeing the fruit of that relationship as it has grown over that years has been both fun and rewarding to watch.

      My son has learned each one of these lessons along the way and the sum total of what he is learning is much more than just playing a musical instrument. He is learning life skills that will stay with him throughout life.

      Thanks for sharing.

      P. S. I’m really enjoying your book. It is going to be a big help to me in days ahead! Keep up the good work.

      • http://bloggingyourpassion.com/ Jonathan Milligan

        Thanks Mark!