I resisted for the longest time. Why would a mentor/coach need a mentor/coach? We’re fully trained in visioning and setting goals and living purposefully. Along with a healthy dose of motivation and inspiration, that should be enough, right?
Doctors need doctors. Counselors need counselors. Pastors need pastors. Mentors need mentors. And coaches need coaches. If we want to make quantum leaps in our own lives so we can help our clients make quantum leaps in theirs, then we need to continue our own education and training through classes and programs. We need to belong to groups of passionate, purposeful, trustworthy men and women who will encourage us on our journey. And we need to invest in mentor-coaches who will guide us, instruct us, and hold us accountable to our articulated goals and dreams.
I have intentionally and prayerfully surrounded myself with a brilliant team of guides. Elizabeth Marshall, Tim Kelley, Paige Stapleton, and Brian Stark are my divinely inspired whip-crackin’ angels of purpose, passion, and perseverance. They hold me to an even higher standard than I would hold for myself so that I may more effectively get my message and work into the world and help my clients (and colleagues, friends, and family members) do the same.
Whatever your profession or ministry, take a moment to ask yourself if you’re accomplishing everything you’re meant to accomplish on your earthly journey and if you’ve fully stepped into the person you’re meant to be. If you have, tell me your secret! If you haven’t, I suggest you:
- Enroll in continuing education programs related to your field and interests
- Join or form a group of colleagues who will help you achieve your goals
- Interview and hire a mentor/coach who will guide, instruct, and inspire you
- Reflect on this Buddhist Proverb: “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”
May the Lord inform your decision and may your ego not stand in your way.