Your growth is a not one-person process.
In my personal growth journey I can think of countless people who have contributed to my ongoing development. Most of them have been people I have never met. In 2003, I was introduced to a main named Jim Rohn who uttered the words, “For things to change, you have to change.” Those words changed my life.
Since that time, I have read and listened to many of Jim Rohn’s works and I will always consider him to be one of my first and favorite personal growth mentors. Jim passed away in 2009, but I wish I could have met him to thank him for adding so much value to my life.
Today, there are great thought leaders who are still adding new content and leaving their own legacy. In 2013, I was able to meet with one of favorite sales and attitude mentors, Jeffrey Gitomer. Just this past August, I was able to spend 3 days as a certified partner with leadership and communication expert John C. Maxwell.
I am also fortunate to have learned from great teachers, coaches, and of course my favorite lifelong mentor and role model, my dad.
Your growth won’t happen alone. You can make positive changes on your own, but to get where you truly want to go, you need the help of others to guide you on your way.
So who are your mentors? Who are the people you learn from and help you in your growth journey?
If you are looking for help in your own growth journey, I suggest taking some time to find people who do what you want to do with excellence. Whether it’s improving your finances, your relationships, your leadership skills, your sales skills, or anything else, you need to find people to help guide you down a path of excellence.
In “The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth”, John Maxwell discusses six ways to find and maximize mentors in your life.
1) Get committed. You must commit to finding the right people to help you on your growth journey. You may need to even pay them for their time (or at least buy them a nice lunch or dinner).
2) Be consistent. Look to find ways to meet at least monthly or quarterly with your mentor.
3) Be creative. Not everyone will want to meet with you. Start with their books or videos if necessary.
4) Be purposeful. Spend twice as much time preparing questions for you mentor as you do in meeting with them.
5) Be reflective. Take time to digest the information they shared with you. Don’t waste the time you had together.
6) Be grateful. These are the people who are helping you grow. Show your appreciation.
Today, I current have several mentors that I speak with. They have been places I have not been and help guide me on a path so I can be more effective in my life.
Whether it’s via a book, podcast, video, phone call, or in person. Find others who can share their knowledge with you and allow them to speak into your life. You will attain the results you are looking forward faster with less frustration.
I hope that I can also add value to your life and career. Whether it’s through this blog, my podcast, or any of my programs including the “The Leadership Catalyst,” or the “Peak Performance Coaching Program,” I desire to help you reach your full potential.