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When you’re in a slump…

Two and a half years ago I felt unfulfilled.  Work wasn’t exciting.  I was struggling through a separation and my connection with my friends and family wasn’t great.  After years of feeling like I knew who I was and what I wanted, I was in a SLUMP.

“And when you’re in a slump, you’re not in for much fun.  Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.” (Oh, the Places You’ll Go! -  By Dr. Seuss)

Oh, the Places is my favorite book to read to my daughter.  Not only for the positive message it provides her, but the simple life truisms it reminds me of.  We all go through slumps–some bigger than others.  One lesson I learned from the slump I described above, is that a mentor who’s not “hung up in a prickle-ly perch” with you can help you see ways to free yourself (or even avoid getting stuck in the first place).   I was so focused on my day-to-day problems.  My mentor Gary got me to pick my head up and start looking back at the horizon, by updating my Vision Document.

Do I need a Mentor?  Here are three indicators I now use to start seeking out mentorship:

  • I’m making life changes – I want to be intentional
  • I’m making a difficult decision – I want an objective opinion
  • I’m being undisciplined – I want someone to hold me accountable

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