With the excitement of the new mentorship program brewing, I reflected on the unseen benefit of assuming a leadership role in guiding others.
For a long time, I lived as a hypocrite. The way I was training myself, was completely contrary to the recommendations I was bestowing upon my members and clients. I was constantly in pain, overtraining, neglecting the recovery I needed, and wasn’t focusing on the weaknesses I so deeply needed to address. Yet, somehow, it didn’t click as to why my coaching points were falling on deaf ears. They were following what I was doing, not what I was saying.
I was fortunate enough to have Ian, ever-so-eloquently, enlighten me to this fact, and in that singular moment, I knew what had to be done. As difficult of a pill as it was for me to swallow, I backed off and started to direct my attention towards that habits that I had long been promoting for the sake of the betterment of the people who had entrusted me with their faith and confidence to support me towards their goals. Low and behold, the relationship began to change, and the words started to resonate, and results they experienced drastically improved. And the side benefit, I stopped hurting myself and enjoyed the fruits of my labor with greater ease. Jackpot!
At the end of the day, we all inherently must protect our own interests in order to survive. The beautiful thing about cooperation and collaboration, is that we can not only protect those interests, we get to experience the intrinsic satisfaction and happiness that comes with celebrating others in achieving their goals together. When you move into a role of responsibility, one that forces you to be the light that upholds the standard for others to follow, you become the benefactor of an extra edge that propels your own pursuits to new heights.
As a coach, it is an unquantifiable sensation and fulfillment that one can barely put into words. It is my sincerest hope that everyone can one day experience that moment you celebrate the accomplishments of a joint venture as a mentor/mentee relationship. If you are interested in becoming the light for someone looking to make massive change in their life, then now is the time for you to take the leap and step up as a mentor.