the value of a good teacher

learn how to benefit from the experience of those who have gone before

One of the greatest teachers of how to achieve our hearts’ desire, Anthony Robbins, once said, “Success is in the clues.” One of the great things about living in today’s world of abundance and opportunity is that almost anything that we want to do in our lives has already been done by someone else. It doesn’t matter whether it’s developing a yoga practice, running a marathon, starting a business, becoming financially free, starting a meditation practice or having a more balanced lifestyle—someone has already done it and left clues in the form of books, manuals, audio and video programs, Web research, online courses, seminars and workshops. Hence, the question is: Who has already done what you want to do? If we’re willing to look for them, a mere click or phone call can lead to vast numbers of resources and people who have already successfully done what we want to do, and who are available as teachers, mentors, advisors, coaches and consultants. Mentors and teachers are, in fact, one of the most powerful tools for creating new and better results in any area of life. Almost all of the outstanding achievers in our society owe a portion of their success not only to books and courses to help facilitate their desired results but also to the time and energy they put into creating an intention to attract others who had succeeded at what it was they wanted to do.

They actively cultivated relationships with teachers, mentors, advisors, coaches and consultants to help achieve their desired results and success. It is important to understand that in our journey toward creating new successes in our lives, we have the choice not to travel alone. If we choose to surround ourselves with a community of individuals who can act as role models of the success we wish to achieve, it is likely that we will travel more gracefully and effectively toward any desired results we envision for ourselves. So, why don’t more people seek out clues and take advantage of the resources available to them? In most cases, it never occurs to them. Most of us don’t see others using these resources, so in a sense we are culturally trained not to do it either. Most likely, our parents didn’t do it, our friends aren’t doing it and nobody we work with is doing it either. Plus, it takes energy and a commitment that many find inconvenient. It means taking the time and energy to travel to the bookstore, researching online, asking around and networking for good contacts to reach out to. It means driving across town to a meeting with a new person, potentially taking time away from television, recreation, family or friends. Also, asking others for advice or information can bring up our fear of rejection or the vulnerability of acknowledging that we don’t know something. Often times we are afraid to take that risk, and we are afraid of what others might say or think of us if we make ourselves visible in this capacity. Ultimately, seeking out and utilizing the opportunities that mentors and teachers can offer us is way off from how we traditionally have done things. Change, even when it is in our best interest, is uncomfortable. Who wants to be uncomfortable? High-peak performers or individuals who have achieved abundance and success in their lives are constantly training themselves to be comfortable being uncomfortable, as the short-term discomfort is a sign that they are growing into their ideal vision for themselves and their lives.

How do you respond to discomfort today? What type of clues do you currently seek to aid you in attaining your desired future successes? Remember, one of the great things about living in today’s world of abundance and opportunity is that almost anything you want to do has already been done by someone else, and they’re just waiting to show you the way.

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