For the past three years I’ve been a part of a mentoring group that meets every Tuesday morning. Our group varies in attendance only because everyone in the group is an artist or creative type of some kind and we all travel. But… if there’s one thing I know about all of us – we do everything we can to be there Tuesday morning to sit, talk about life and catch up.
This year as we were all sitting around a dinner table for our annual Christmas party, I was reminded of how much I love each guy in our group and the impact they have all made on my life. Our group is lead by Randy Elrod and we are fierce in our loyalty to the friendships we have created with each other.
I’ve been in several bible studies and small groups in my life and they have all been good. But this particular group is special. Why?
The approach is really simple. No bible study, no prayer time, no books to read unless it’s what we want to do for a season or if someone has a request for prayer then we pray. Our time together is spent talking about each others lives and what is going on at that moment. Sometimes we need business advice or relationship advice or help with a problem. Sometimes we talk about cool technologies we’ve found or great music and books we are into…. and sometimes we debate on the issues of the day.
But… we always learn from each other, help each other and are always just one phone call away if there is an immediate need.
Over the years the men in my life over the who I would consider to be mentors of mine have all brought me through specific seasons of my life. They have all meant so much to me, but there is one thing for sure – I would not be the man I am today without them.
So… if having someone in your life to help guide you and give you advice is something you lack. Seek out someone you respect… take them to lunch or coffee and pay for it…ask them if they would be willing to walk along side you.
If you think you need a life coach and are willing to pay for a coach, then by all means… go that route. Life Coaches are a huge value and worth their fee.
Take note… not everyone you seek out is going to say yes to being your mentor. Don’t take it personally if the person you seek out says no. It could be an issue of having to busy of a schedule to add anything else to the mix. It DOES happen.
Michael Hyatt is starting a mentoring group in the Franklin area and if you feel like you fit the requirements for his group then you should take advantage of the opportunity.
Believe me…. Having a mentor has changed me in every kind of way.
And as you grow… be willing to mentor someone else along the way.
It never hurts to pay it forward.