Two great ways to grow your business and personal life

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Ever felt like you lacked focus and clarity making decisions in your life?

Feeling overwhelmed with the tasks of the day?

Looking for ways to attain those aspirations?

Things like:

– getting that blog up and running

– putting systems in place for your finances

– spending quality/quantity time with your family

– finding time and resources to serve others

 

Have you asked yourself these questions?:

– How can I make the most of my God-given time, talents and resources?

– Where do I start?

– How do I reach my goals?

– Who can I go to for advice

 

I’ve been reminded of two things I need to cultivate in my personal and business life:

1. The need for mentoring and mentoring another

2. Giving and receiving through community

Over the years, there have been people in my life who have contributed to my successes. Even today I reap and benefit from what they have sown. Some are family members, friends, bosses, colleagues and spiritual leaders. Some directly and some indirectly through counsel and example, with passion and purpose to excel in all they do.

In recent times, I’ve been following blogger and career coach Jonathan Milligan, author of jonathanmilligan.com, and simplelifehabits.com. He and his friend Bob are co-founders of Blogging Your Passion University. Their passion is to help other bloggers become better bloggers. I decided to sign up with the university to get this blog up and running.

Since joining, I’ve learnt a lot as I follow step-by-step instructions and  put into action tasks and monthly challenges set by Jonathan. It’s amazing what you can do when you have clear direction and guidelines to follow. Sure, there have been technical glitches and obstacles along the way, but having someone to advise and cheer you on helps you ‘get to your destination’ and ‘get there quicker!’

Life certainly has its challenges but I’m constantly reminded that we don’t have to do it alone. In my personal life I’m encouraged by my spiritual family where we mutually encourage one another around God’s Word, share in failures and successes, learn, grow together, enriching one another’s lives.

Like-wise, as a small business owner, it’s nice to know I’m connected to a global community who have various talents and experiences I can share and grow with.

 

Question?

Do you have a mentor that you can emulate and follow, who will encourage you in using your God given time, gifts and talents?

Do you belong to a like-minded community, online or offline that you can be accountable to, learn from, share and grow with on a weekly basis?

Is their someone in your life that you can encourage by way of your time, resources and talents?

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Heather Lee

Heather Lee

Heather has had many years experience as a graphic designer in both the advertising and publishing industry. She enjoys helping others by providing solutions to visual problems for print and the web.
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Comments 17

  1. Hi Heather – I guess we all know where we’d be without Jonathon..
    I can answer your questions – yes, I’m very grateful for a business mentor, workshops, plus online mentoring….yes, I know a fabulous group of bloggers who live all over the world…yes, I signed my daughter up to 101 at BYPU and am able to help her with her blogging. Mentoring comes easily when you’ve been taught well – even when you still have a lot to learn, like I do.

    1. Yes, Kathy I know where I would be – at square one going around in circles 🙂
      Thanks for answering my questions! I always love reading your comments.
      Good point you made – mentoring coming easy when you’ve been taught well – so true!

  2. It’s so funny that you should write this of all days. I have been thinking the very same thing. I have had Jonathan as my blogging coach for well over a year. His counsel and advice have been invaluable to me. I have been and still am a member of a number of communities, one of which is BYPU. Sadly I have not been as involved as I have with others but I hope to change that. 🙂

    1. I agree Susan, Jonathan’s counsel has been invaluable in more ways than one. As for being involved in communities, it certainly takes time and effort but opens up so many opportunities to create and build relationships. Just think, if it weren’t for joining the BYP community, I wouldn’t have met you Susan. I’ve learnt some valuable lessons from you too 🙂

  3. Yes, I am so blessed to have a husband of 23 years who is supportive and understanding of all my endeavors. With his support and my faith all is good and being a member of BYP is a great factor in making my blogging skills better.

  4. Wow. Thanks Heather. This means the world to me. Nothing makes me happier than to see others overcome obstacles, connect with their passions, and lean into the gifts/talents God has given them.

    You deserve much more praise because you are doing the hard work. You are not just learning but you are taking action daily…for that you deserve the applause. Keep it up!

  5. Great post Heather! I certainly feel the same way especially the part you said about mentoring. I believe all of us can work better by having a community of like-minded people to support one another. Keep up the great work!

    1. Thanks for stopping by and appreciate your comments Gary. Totally agree – Life has its ups and downs and being a part of a support group is a great way to grow and spur one another on.

    1. Hey Aloted! Thanks for taking the time to stop by and share your thoughts. I enjoyed connecting with you and Jonathan on Google+ Hangouts the other week. Scarey but fun aye Aloted? 🙂

  6. Heather,
    I enjoyed the point you make about mentors and community. It is easy to overlook how beneficial, even important, connecting with real people can be. I know for me personally, I need that sense of community and accountability. Great post!

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      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment!

      Yes, I agree – I’m learning in order to grow as an individual and grow my businesses, I need to connect with others for help and to give help, to inspire and be inspired.

    2. Sorry, I managed to miss your comments! I too need that accountability. I’ve been out of blogging action but looking forward to rejoining the community again. All the best with your endeavours and thanks very much for stopping by to comment!

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