If people can’t see what God is doing,
they stumble all over themselves;
But when they attend to what he reveals,
they are most blessed.
Proverbs 29:18 MSG
This week we begin our journey by setting out to discover our unique identity. To discover clues to that identity we look to several different factors. Who we are is a combination of our experiences, environments and exposure. All of these things come together to reveal God’s design. As the Proverbs 29:18 shares, when we are confused about our future our present will suffer. So we start by asking, “What has God put inside of me?”. We begin here because what we do is always a byproduct of who we are.
To aid us in this process I have included for you what I am calling the Mentorship Inventory. You can download this tool by clicking the big blue link below. This tool is intended to help bring clarity to recognizing the mentors and influencers in your life. Here are a few tips to use the tool effectively:
- Focus on the principles behind the product
- Ask yourself, “What is it about this person that I admire? What do they do that makes them so effective?”
- One of the worst things you could do is attempt to reproduce their “what” without understanding their “why”.
- Think beyond today
- As you address each category stand in the position of a visionary. Try not to think of what you want today but rather 1, 5 or 10 years from now.
- For example, you may not be married or dating now. Think in terms of the kind of marriage you hope to one day have. You may not be a parent but think of the type of relationship you want to have with your kids.
- Give each area equal attention
- Avoid focusing only on the areas that reflect the most immediate need. The goal of our journey is lasting change not immediate relief.
- Don’t be afraid to look deeper into areas that seem resolved now. For example, as you look at leaders in the industry where you serve think of what the next level would be like.
- Once complete, post the inventory where it is constantly visible
- You may discover that you have some mentors that you have never seen that way. These may be people you have always admired but never made the connection to mentorship. Posting this in a visible place will provide a subtle reminder of where your focus should be.
Throughout this journey I am committed to partnering with you and I hope that you are committed to partnering with with me and all those on this journey. I encourage you to share what you are learning in the comments below. Someone else will benefit from what you discover in your personal time. Also post any questions you have and I will do my best to be sure maximum clarity is achieved.