Accountability and Finding People That Push You

By Brad Coleman | Family

Aug 10

What does that even mean? “Find people that push you.”

Why do I need someone to push me? I’m doing fine. Right?...Right!…Right?

How would you know? Not that we are supposed to be comparing ourselves to others but what is the standard by which you measure how you are handling the various roles you play in everyday life?

Do you have friends that you keep in touch with? I mean real friends that know you well enough to call you out if you aren’t doing what you are supposed to do? Whether in the areas of faith, family, fitness or finance, you must have someone to keep you accountable to your goals.

“Mentor” can be a scary word; very self-help-ish. The concept can be intimidating. And humbling. But mentors can be found everywhere. Friends that we see every day can mentor us just by making sure we do what we are supposed to be doing. Books are some of my greatest mentors. But there can also be the more personal relationships. Most mentoring is done in a very informal way. Not the traditional means that first comes to mind.

Some of your greatest mentors can be the people that you are already “doing life” with.

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Some of your greatest mentors can be the people that you are already “doing life” with. It’s the people that you see every day. The people that you would already expect to ask why you weren’t at the gym today, or why you aren’t applying for that promotion when you know you are qualified for it.

These are the people that you will find are the most qualified to push you; the ones that know you, and know that you aren’t living up to your greatest potential. Look for someone different in each area of your life. There is already a natural relationship there and it is less likely to be weird.

Also, be looking for those coming up behind you in life. It is easy to get caught up in our lives without recognizing the struggles of others. Once you figure out this relational mentoring thing, you have an obligation to steer others away from the pitfalls that you have made. But again, it needs to be an organic relationship. Don’t make it weird. If you try to help someone and they don’t seem to want your help, you just need to be more subtle. But know that they will be watching, and sometimes just being a good example can be the best way to lead. But don’t be weird. That’s probably the best advice.

Read my full article here.

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Brad is a Christian author, blogger, and speaker. Writing about all things related to men and the suburban life from marriage and kids, to work/life balance, fitness, DIY home repair and lawn care.

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