On today, which is Day 4, the Thankful31 Motivational Campaign focuses on business mentors because a have one who has helped me to propel in 2013 and prepare for 2014. When you operate a business, it is always a great idea to have a business mentor who has success to back up what they are telling you.
It was very important to me that my business mentor also has a mastermind group that I could participate in. One more very important thing that was part of the top three things on my list is that we shared the same belief in God and how important it is to have Him as part of business operations and planning.
One of the business coaches who fit this for me is Carrie Wilkerson and she's the Barefoot Executive. One “Pay It Forward” action on her part put her on my radar and she continues to support me with expectations of me to be very successful. Her unique down-home, big Texas-style coaching has challenged me to elevate my business planning and to break past boundaries that I've had in place without realizing it.
Why is it important for the motivational campaign to have a business mentor?
Business mentors are people who can see the best and worst in your business and then give you clear instruction on how to improve. It's not about just telling you what to do. It should be about encouraging you to be a better business owner who is successful.
According to an article written by Martin Zwilling for Entreprenuer.com and entitled, “How to Make a Business Mentoring Relationship Work“…
Most entrepreneurs view a mentor as someone older and more experienced who takes the time to personally give guidance, advice, and takes an emotional investment in your success. They don’t think about this process requiring an investment on their part, both in nurturing the relationship, and really listening, without being defensive, to advice given.
During today's motivational campaign, I want to encourage you to think about what you are looking for in a business mentor and create a checklist. To help you think about things to look for in a mentor, I will share from Martin's article so that you can have a good list to use as an example.
- Set clear objectives for yourself in your business growth.
- Work, study, and practice continually to solidify the guidance.
- Don’t ask for too much time or make a nuisance of yourself.
- When you meet with a mentor, you should lead the discussion.
- Remember the difference between a mentor, a friend, and a coach.
- On a regular basis, send a note to communicate progress and current tasks.
- Keep the relationship positive and productive.
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