Your career growth is greatly affected by your self-image and self-esteem. When you present yourself for a job interview, do you appear dependable? Self-assured? Reliable? Do you look that way to an audience when you perform?
Do you give the impression of quiet success when you walk into a room or are you constantly plagued with thoughts of inadequacy?
Do unwanted feelings of fear tiptoe into your day when you least expect them?
Almost everyone has some area where they want more confidence. So how have successful people acquired it? They find mentors.
A mentor can be…
• someone you admire.
• Someone who has the qualities you want.
• Someone who has already gone through the trials and tribulations of the path you’ve chosen.
• Someone who can give you advice.
But most of all – a mentor can be someone who will support your goals and dreams no matter how “unrealistic” other people think they are.
Where do you find such a person? YOU MAKE THEM UP!
If you are lucky enough to find them physically, that’s great.
But how do you carry that person with you all day long?
Napoleon Hill, who studied the most successful people of his time and wrote “Think and Grow Rich,” said he made up a Master Mind group – a set of imaginary people he could always depend on.
He claims that many of the greatest businessmen, inventors and artists also had Master Mind groups. Whenever he needed to, Hill would sit down with his group of mentors, people he admired, and ask them questions, then write down whatever answers they gave him.
You can choose whoever you want.
Why not have about five different people?
Practice talking mentally to your mentors and listen to their wisdom. At first, you might think it’s “just your imagination.” But after a while, when you start getting substantial, useful answers, you’ll see that it’s a great way to access knowledge, wisdom and support you didn’t know you had.
Does this work? Well, I needed a subject for this article. So I sat down and asked a person in my Master Mind group what I should write about. In a few minutes my pen was moving across the paper.
For me, this technique works well because I get most frightened when I think I’m all alone in my efforts. But when I remember the help I have, instantly available, the fear melts away and answers arrive. And most importantly – I feel supported.
And you know what – I am!
All the best,
BellaOnline’s Musician Editor