Proverbs 19:20 (NCV) Listen to advice and accept correction, and in the end, you will be wise.
Authentic mentorship in your life can help you make character-building choices.
At this point in your life would you like an authentic way to build character? If so, then you should search for a few authentic mentors; men and women whose character you admire, and just imitate various aspects of their character.
With that in mind, opportunities for engagement for professional and personal development exist at multiple levels:
Leaders typically are willing to devote extra time to help others sharpen their skills or learn new ones, and people are looking for advice and guidance on advancing their careers from those with more experience.
A seasoned mentor can help you make character-building choices. And just as importantly, a thoughtful mentor can help you recognize and avoid the hidden big-time mistakes that can derail your day, career, and even your life.
We all need mentors in our lives and those that can add value to the person we are and are becoming.
Wise mentors are not very hard to find if you look in the right places (Yet they are almost impossible to find if you look in the wrong places!).
So today, as an exercise in character-building, select from your friends and family members a mentor whose judgment you trust (or in many instances someone not in your circle of friends or family).
Then listen carefully to your mentor’s advice and be willing to accept that advice even if accepting it requires work or pain, or both.
Consider your mentor to be God’s gift to you. Thank God for that gift and use it to be the person you need to be in character and integrity.
We all have a human need to seek the counsel of trusted and experienced individuals.
Rely on the advice of trusted friends and mentors. (Proverbs 1:5) makes it clear: “A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain wise counsel” (NKJV).
Do you want to be wise? Seek counsel from wise people, and let’s start today. The value of a successful mentor relationship hinges upon how well the goals you have for yourself can be understood and then executed within a structured developmental plan.
These developmental plans not only instill and encourage values like leadership and taking initiative.
These plans provide a structure that instills incentive in people who are more likely to be productive and reach their optimal potential through best practices of accountability.
Quote: “The effective mentor strives to help a man or woman discover what they can be in Christ and then holds them accountable to become that person.” Howard Hendricks
Points to ponder
- Do you have a mentor?
- Is it time in your life for a mentor?
- Do you know how to get a mentor?
- How about taking steps in getting a mentor or coach?
- Do you have the needed value of accountability in your life?
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