As I was thinking about this, I realized that mentors can come in many different ways. Sometimes it doesn’t even have to be a specific person and sometimes that person may not even know they have been a positive influence in your life. My mother is one and what I have learned from her is not to judge, because you never know what is going on in a person’s life. You have heard the old cliché…never judge a book by its cover. That is so true. A smile or a bad attitude can cover up so much hurt and pain, you just never know. So don’t judge. My father, who was a minister, is another one. I learned from him all about God’s love. Sitting under his ministry for so many years, the most important thing I learned was…God doesn’t love the sin, but He does love the sinner. How relevant that is for all of our lives. We have all failed and made mistakes but God still loves us. One of my past Retail District Managers is another one. She taught me that Leadership is not what you do to people, it’s what you do with people. My husband is also one of my mentors. He has taught me that everything does not always have to be perfect. It is ok if plans don’t work out. It’s ok if you don’t have any plans at all. It’s ok if the house doesn’t look like a picture out of a magazine or if there is a little chaos. That the world is not going to come to an end if I forget something. lol That it’s just ok if I’m not perfect. A friend of mine, Tasha Cooney, has taught me all about acceptance. Acceptance of myself. Becoming comfortable in my own skin. Just being! It’s just as simple as that. Just letting go. Just accepting yourself and loving yourself for who you are. And last but not least, MOBE, the company I work with. I know that is kind of general and broad at the same time but what I have learned along my journey so far, is I am capable of so much more than I ever thought possible or have ever given myself credit for. I now have a confidence that there is nothing I can’t accomplish or figure out once I set my mind to it.
So, I encourage you to stop and think about the mentors in your life and what key tip or tips you have learned from them, and then start implementing that into your life again. Focus on and build from them and see the difference they make in your life.