Monday, February 1, 2016

Can You Build People Up, Can You Be a Mentor?

 
“A mentor is someone who allows you to see hope inside yourself.”
Oprah Winfrey
I am very blessed to have wonderful mentors in my life. I believe that a mentor can be anybody that wants you to succeed. They have wonderful words of encouragement. They are people that have come out of nowhere to help and support you! They truly are blessings from above!  Some of my mentors I have known for a very long time, and some I have never met. If you are reading this you know who you are! One more time, I thank you. As I reflect on these wonderful souls that are sent our way to continue to push us with their love. I want you to reflect on the angels in your life. Who are you grateful for? What have these kind, caring spirits done for you? Every time I think of these gentle souls, I am reminded that you are never alone, and that help is always on the way when you need it!
On your path to your greatness you need to remember that you are never alone. Believe that there are many wonderful people that are ready to support and help you up when you are down! You need these people, and they need you too. These cheerleaders in your life, your mentors, teachers and coaches want to be used. They love to be of service! They love to remind you of your natural talents, they are ready to push you to your greatness! These people could be friends, family members or people you have not met. You need to learn from someone who has walked the walk, so you could avoid unnecessary stumbles.  Here are some suggestions to finding great mentors.
Mentors Will Build Your Confidence
When I decided to follow my true path to follow my passion, I was afraid, uncertain about what I was doing. I felt that I was put on a dark forest with no light, no direction. Until, I met my first mentor Gary. He took me under his wing and gave me confidence. He believed in me when I didn't believe in my self. Mentors like Gary, are essential to your personal growth in your business and with your self esteem. They encourage with their words and build your confidence. They have lived your struggle, they can identify with you. Every time I meet with Gary, he is my biggest cheerleader. He is truly happy for my accomplishments, and builds me up when I am in doubt. He was put on my path to bring more light, to show me the way. Your mentors should light your path, they should lead the way. As they do this not only do the support and guide you, this also brings value to their existence.
Learn From Someone Who Has Been There
Learn from a mentor that has already been there, knows your struggle and can direct you in the right path. Ideally you need to find one mentor that is on your same journey, and has discovered success. Learn from individuals that have already arrived to your desired destination. They will tell you about their mistakes, struggles to help you avoid them.  Their experience is an invaluable tool. But don’t discard people in your life that could be your cheerleaders. Even if not all my mentors are in self-development, they know the struggles of starting their own business. My mentor Jorge, is in a different business than I am, but understands what it will take to continue to build my business. What I truly appreciate about him, is that he believes in me. You need people that simply believe in you!

Mentors Are Resources for Life
I believe in showing appreciation and giving credit to people that never give up on you! These people become part of your family they become your resource for life. Even when you, “make it,” there will never be a point when you don’t need them anymore. I just connected with a lost friend, who I feel will be my mentor for life. Olga, has pointed out all the work I still need to do for my business, but has also demonstrated her belief in me. Reconnecting with her and making her my mentor gives me sense that all will end well, and that is the feeling you should get from your mentors.
In conclusion, appreciate the people that support, encourage, and teach you. Mentors are everywhere! Know how to find them and go after them. Again, some of my readers have become my mentors. Their words of encouragement have empowered me to keep on blogging! You know who you are! You too have mentored me! We need each other to lift each other when we are down, and encourage one another to go the distance. Be someone’s mentor by being their cheerleader. Search for a mentor that will push you to your greatness! Until next Monday, Believe. Change. Become!

NancyJ

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